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What Will 2014 Buffalo Bills Defense Look Like with New Coaches, Existing Personnel?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

What will the Buffalo Bills defense look like under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014? We can take a look back at 2013 for some ideas. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Outside of a few key players, the only constant for the Buffalo Bills defense since 2011 has been its inconstancy. As the Bills go into the 2014 season with their fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons, that will continue to be the case.

Unlike the previous two seasons, however, this year’s change came not because the Bills defense needed it, but because it was really good. Mike Pettine was hired as Cleveland Browns head coach after just one seasons as Bills defensive coordinator, in which the Buffalo defense ranked second in the NFL in sacks, tied for sixth in the league in takeaways, 10th in total defense and as the league’s fourth-most efficient defense by Football Outsiders.

In total, the Bills lost five members of last year’s defensive coaching staff to the Browns, but they did a great job restacking the deck. In new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and linebackers coach Fred Pagac, the Bills added three highly-respected defensive minds with a combined 48 years of NFL coaching experience.

With the coaching shuffle finally complete in Buffalo (at least it seems to be), the new Bills coaching staff should already be at work constructing Buffalo’s defensive scheme for 2014.

What will that defense ultimately look like?

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Buffalo Bills State of the Roster: Defense and Special Teams

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Coming off a career-best season, Marcell Dareus’ adjustment to another new defensive scheme will be critical to Buffalo’s 2014 success. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

The Buffalo Bills defense is currently in a state of flux as defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and subsequently, has pilfered three Bills assistant coaches from last year’s staff, one who had been hired by the Bills earlier this month (Jeff Hafley) and might be on the verge of hiring away defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

The Bills reacted quickly and hired former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz to replace Pettine. Though his staff isn’t completely solidified yet, it appears likely that Schwartz will bring his “Wide 9,” 4-3 based defense to Buffalo.

The good news for Schwartz is that he’s entering a kitchen with a well-stocked pantry. Buffalo’s defense was its stronger side of the ball last season, and with only one glaring exception, returns all of its key contributors who, for the most part, look to be solid fits for Schwartz’ scheme.

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More Coaching Changes for Buffalo Bills Defense

Monday, January 27th, 2014

With more defensive coaching spots opening up in Buffalo, Detroit Lions assistant defensive line coach Jim Washburn could be a candidate. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In 2014, the Buffalo Bills will have an almost entirely new defensive coaching staff for the third time in as many seasons. Three members of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coaching staff are following former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to the Cleveland Browns, while another Buffalo defensive staffer might also be on his way out.

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Buffalo Bills Hire Jim Schwartz as Defensive Coordinator, Todd Downing as QB Coach

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Bills hired former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator on Friday night. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills moved quickly after Mike Pettine’s departure and named Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator on Friday night.

The Bills also hired Todd Downing to be their quarterbacks coach, moving offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett away from the double duty he held in that role last season.

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Candidates to Replace Mike Pettine as Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Mike Pettine’s departure could be an opening for Wade Phillips to return to the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Mike Pettine is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Pettine deserved the opportunity to be a head coach after having success as the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Football Outsiders said the Bills had the NFL’s fourth-best defense in 2013, and Pettine deserves his fair share of credit for the unit’s improvements.

Reflecting on the past, however, won’t help the Bills defense in 2014. Buffalo should immediately begin its search for a new defensive coordinator, which could potentially be accomplished by promoting from within or by finding an outside candidate.

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