The Buffalo Bills are in the first year of a complete franchise overhaul. One of the changes being made at One Bills Drive is the transition from the Tampa 2 defensive scheme the Bills have used for the past decade to the 3-4 defense, which will be run by new Defensive Coordinator, George Edwards.
The transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense is one of the toughest feats to accomplish in football, and often takes two to three seasons to fully complete, as many players are changing from positions they have played for their entire professional careers. In addition, the responsibilities of each player change with the transition as well.
Under Dick Jauron and Perry Fewell, the Bills defense operated in mostly zone defensive scheme, utilizing the lighter, quicker players that are good in coverage. But the 3-4 relies on bigger and stronger players that can clog holes and make tackles.
The inside linebacker positions are the centerpiece of a 3-4 defensive scheme, and fortunately for the Bills they have some depth at the position, which is very rare for a team in the middle of switching to a 3-4 defense.