Buffalo Bills Offseason Focus Pt. 3: Can Von Miller Upgrade Linebackers?

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Buffalo Bills Offseason Focus Pt. 3: Can Von Miller Upgrade Linebackers?

The Buffalo Bills are in the second 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 a 3-4 front.

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 was displayed last year by the lack of ability and depth on the roster. 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 linebackers in a 3-4 defensive are almost as important as the three defensive linemen, as you need a pass rushing specialist, two inside backers, and a big, tough outside linebackers that can both rush the passer, and drop into coverage.

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