2011 Buffalo Bills: The Evolution of the 3-4 and Fixing a Pourous Run Defense

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2011 Buffalo Bills: The Evolution of the 3-4 and Fixing a Pourous Run Defense

This article will be taking a detailed look at how the Buffalo Bills have attempted to rebuild their defense and fix the worst rush defense in the NFL. The story will cover the past season as well as the recent draft.

When new Buffalo Bills General Manager hired Head Coach Chan Gailey in January of 2010, he was asked to rebuild the Buffalo Bills organization. One month later, Gailey hired George Edwards to become the new defensive coordinator. The old regime was led by Coach Dick Jauron and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who since have moved on to other organizations.

After evaluating the 2009 team, Nix, Gailey and Edwards felt a scheme change was necessary, so the decision was made to convert to a 3-4 defense. That decision was made even though the Bills defense did not have the proper personnel to implement it. That is what the draft and free agency are for. This kind of massive sweeping change does not happen overnight. It is a process that typically takes years to bring in the right personnel and let players grow in to their roles.

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