BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
There is a cautious optimism about Buffalo’s defense this year. Fans are looking forward to a more aggressive defense under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine after witnessing last year’s vanilla defense under Dave Wannstedt. But for Buffalo’s defense to be successful, the defensive backs need to hold their own against their opposition.
During his time in New York, Mike Pettine had cornerbacks like Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to depend on and decent safeties last season in LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. The only proven player in Buffalo’s secondary is Jairus Byrd, and he is yet to sign his franchise tender.
Can Buffalo’s secondary do enough to allow Pettine to blitz as much as he would like? Here are Buffalo’s current options in the secondary and what you can expect from them in 2013.