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3-4 or 4-3 for Bills under Pettine? “Yes”

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With 3-4 guru Mike Pettine taking over a defense that has been constructed to operate as a 4-3, the big question for the Bills has become whether Mario Williams will for the second time in three seasons be asked to play outside linebacker.

The easy answer is yes.  And no.

Pettine talked about his new job with the Bills’ official website, and he was asked whether he’ll be using a 3-4 or a 4-3.

The answer is really yes to both,” Pettine said.  “We’ll be a multiple front, multiple coverage defense.  The trademark of our defense is we’re going to be smart, tough and relentless.  How we configure it is more player-driven.  I’ve always believed that you don’t fit your players to your scheme, but you fit your scheme to your players.  What I see here is a group of explosive athletes and playmakers and we’re going to put them in a position to do just that.  We’re going to be in the configuration that gives us the best opportunity to win football games.”

And the effort to win football games will include an ongoing competition with his former team, the Jets, and his former boss, Rex Ryan.

“Rex and I are like brothers, brothers that fight a lot,” Pettine said.

We look forward to seeing their respective teams fight in 2013.  And if they choose to get in on the action, too, we won’t complain.

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14 Responses to “3-4 or 4-3 for Bills under Pettine? “Yes””
  1. mazblast says: Jan 11, 2013 12:46 AM

    Pettine is already showing he’s smarter than Rex. He’s not giving anyone free information. Other than bragging or trying to sway the media to be his buddies, why should any coach tip his hand as to what defense he’s going to use?

  2. rbanks51 says: Jan 11, 2013 12:57 AM

    Either way, they desperately need LB’s. Barnett is toast.

  3. tdubdizzle says: Jan 11, 2013 1:35 AM

    “I’ve always believed that you don’t fit your players to your scheme, but you fit your scheme to your players” NOW, that is the mark to a great coach. The Bills are in good hands, poor Jets don’t know whats about to hit them. First Bills playoff appearance in a while, coming soon! The AFC EAST is about to be exciting to watch next year, no more Brady manhandling everyone. Here come the Dolphins and Bills! Jets are irrelevant but considering the national medias head quarters are set up in New York, we will be hearing a lot about them still. Unfortunately.

    Yours truly,

    Die hard Raiders Fan

  4. chuckyd317 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:36 AM

    They paid too much for Mario to go 3-4…

  5. NakedCowboy! says: Jan 11, 2013 2:34 AM

    Say whatever you will about rexy… he is one heck of DC… not purely a 3-4 defense as well… they play a lot with just 1 down as well…

  6. monropoobah says: Jan 11, 2013 4:24 AM

    i’ll be impressed if his defense does better than the jets. better than the former bills’ i assume will be true

  7. i, flounder says: Jan 11, 2013 5:02 AM

    We look forward to seeing their respective teams fight in 2013. And if they choose to get in on the action, too, we won’t complain.

    that means butt stuff, right? like there’s a bed that could hold that action.

  8. alewatcher says: Jan 11, 2013 6:39 AM

    “I’ve always believed that you don’t fit your players to your scheme, but you fit your scheme to your players. ”

    ——————
    This is where Chan Gailey blew it. He came in and immediately tried the change the defensive scheme on an already struggling team, and managed to break the only part of the team that was any good to start with.

    Hopefully, things are looking up for the Bills. Now, if only they can figure out how to make some decent draft picks, we might have a team.

  9. fanofevilempire says: Jan 11, 2013 7:08 AM

    what he didn’t say, the head coach will decide.

  10. mj2sexay says: Jan 11, 2013 7:24 AM

    Lol a Raiders fan calling another franchise irrelevant. That’s rich.

    I wonder if Manish Mehta will be joining the Bills beat since his source just moved up to Buffalo.

  11. rugbyisbetter says: Jan 11, 2013 8:22 AM

    I am very jealous Eagles Fan right now. I was really hoping the birds were going to pick this guy up as our DC or head coach.

    Is it just me or does it seem like the AFC East has the most circulation of coaches jumping in between each other?

  12. greeneblitz says: Jan 11, 2013 8:28 AM

    Listening to this guy talk you just get the impression that he’ll be a HC in the NFL very soon. We Bills fans, I think, are very lucky to have him.

  13. misterzurkon says: Jan 11, 2013 9:14 AM

    “I’ve always believed that you don’t fit your players to your scheme, but you fit your scheme to your players.”

    dizzle and ale have already pointed this out, but Pettine shows (verbally, at least) that he understands what many do not. It seems pretty self-evident, but that’s why coaches like Mike Martz bounce around so much – forcing a plan on personnel that don’t fit that plan is a non-starter. That’s why Duke Ellington was so great. Chan and Dave are swell guys, but I don’t understand what the honk they were doing.

    Dadgummit. I can’t help but get optimistic every three years. Well, except the last two times. So, every three years minus six. Or so. And the open question of hiring two ‘Cuse coaches. I guess I can’t help but get optimistic about hearing what our new DC says about the Bills defensive players once out of every 9ish years. Occasionally.

  14. billsfan4eva says: Jan 11, 2013 3:07 PM

    We paid alot for Mario BUT he dominated in Wades 30 defense vefore he was injured. 5.5 sacks in a short period of time. Our new DC will bring the best out of Mario unlike Dave did.

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