Now that Chan Gailey has lured George Edwards away from the University of Florida to be the Buffalo Bills' Defensive Coordinator, the coaching staff is pretty much completed. The major issues that plagued the Bills in 2009 resulted in the hire of new coaches who will teach the Bills how Gailey wants things done.
George Edwards will implement a 3-4 defensive scheme, although this 3-4 could be the type that transforms in to 4-3 scheme on certain downs, or against certain opponents. It will also probably be a function of injuries to the defense, and what personnel are healthy enough to line up week to week.
But we sure know a whole lot more about the 2010 Buffalo Bills than we did three weeks ago. So, what happens next? Here is the upcoming agenda, the way I see it:
1) Figure out who has a role on the 3-4 defense and who doesn't.
2) Talk Aaron Schobel out of retirement. He would be potentially moved to outside linebacker, along with Aaron Maybin, giving the Bills' defense a new look, and the ability to blitz with different schemes.
3) Look at the free agents that are out there, and determine if you can land any of them to patch up areas of major weakness. Despite the potential of Marcus Stroud to be the nose tackle, I would prefer to have one more solid option at defensive tackle. If no free agent is deemed available that fits the bill, then you alter your draft strategy accordingly.
On to the NFL Draft in April
With the announcement of the shift to the 3-4, here is my guess at what happens:
Draft a left tackle with the first pick (#9) unless the Bills trade down in the first round.
Draft a defensive tackle with the second round selection.
Draft either a QB or a Wide Receiver in the third round, and then whichever one you didn't draft, get the other one in the next round.
Draft a linebacker to back up the current projected foursome of Maybin, Schobel, Mitchell and Posluszny. Too many injuries at the linebacking spot last season to think you can only have four solid LB's. Ellison may or may not be back with the team. You also have Nic Harris and Ashlee Palmer, but not sure how well these guys will fit in the 3-4.
With two picks in each of the sixth and seventh rounds, the Bills can find some new blood to provide depth for offensive and defensive line, in addition to a return man.
So there you have it. Pieces are starting to fall into place. I am getting excited already at the prospects of what 2010 will bring. Are you ready for some football? I am...