Bills defensive scheme will have some carry-over

Doug Marrone

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WIVB) – Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone had to replace multiple pieces of his coaching staff, but that doesn’t mean fans will see a dramatic change on that side of the ball.

“Obviously we’re smart… we’re looking to carry over some of the same language for our players,” Marrone said today at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Again, we don’t want to make this a totally trash one thing and come to another. We’re trying to continue to move forward and get better in all areas, and make sure it’s the easiest transition for our players.”

That being said, there will certainly be differences this year. But some of those were likely going to happen anyway – even if former Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine had stayed, to correct a few flaws from last year’s unit.

“Some things that we have to do, to one: stop the run better, which we didn’t do a good job of last year, we all know that… the touchdown passes, we gave up quite a few. Some of the third down situations. So there was going to be change in those areas,” said Marrone.

When it comes to new Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz, Marrone said Schwartz’s experience as a Head Coach with the Lions could be a big asset.

“When people in an organization or especially on your staff can appreciate some of the things you have to do and the responsibilities as a head coach, I think it goes a long way. From that standpoint it’s been great,” said Marrone.

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