A Defensive Jumble: Put Them Where They Belong

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A Defensive Jumble: Put Them Where They Belong
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This past offseason, the new coaching staff decided to switch the defense from 4-3 to 3-4. That part is fine. With the Bills defense finishing 30th in the NFL in rushing yards per game allowed, a change in the front seven wasn’t too bad of an idea. A switch to the 3-4 allows an extra linebacker to help plug the gaps up front. However, it’s only successful if the three men up front can create some consistent ruckus in the backfield, which is something that has lacked in the Bills’ first two games this season.

 

What makes the least sense about the transition is the fact that they didn’t go out and sign or draft players who could naturally fit in to the 3-4 scheme. Instead, they chose to take some of the players they already have and “transition” them to be able to play new positions that they aren’t used to. Three players, in particular, that have been part of this transition are Marcus Stroud, Chris Kelsay and Aaron Maybin. All three are great athletes and, at times, show signs of what kind of force they can be, just not often enough.

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