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Jim Schwartz: We’re going to be an attack scheme


The Bills introduced their new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz at a press conference on Monday, which is just one of many changes to come for the team’s defensive staff.

Head coach Doug Marrone said that he expects linebackers coach Jim O’Neil to join former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in Cleveland. Marrone said he believes quality control coach Brian Fleury and defensive assistant Jeff Hafley will also be heading to the Browns and added that he “doesn’t feel good” about defensive line coach Anthony Weaver staying.

Defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson and assistant defensive backs coach Samson Brown are expected to stay with the team and Schwartz gave some hints about the kind of defense they’ll be running. While he didn’t address too many specifics about what the team would do defensively, Schwartz did say they wouldn’t be tied to any one approach as they try to find what works best for the Bills.

“You can’t put it in a box. It’ll be opponent-specific and multi-dimensional. We are an attack scheme,” Schwartz said.

That is a similar approach to the one that the Bills rode to 57 sacks and 23 interceptions under Pettine, which could mean that the changes in Buffalo under Schwartz fall short of drastic.

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35 Responses to “Jim Schwartz: We’re going to be an attack scheme”
  1. longsufferingbillsfan says: Jan 27, 2014 4:17 PM

    If Schwartz turns out to be the Norv Turner of DCs, I’m OK with that.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 27, 2014 4:18 PM

    That’s what I asking for when he was in Detroit. Our system sucks, we need to get aggressive and hunt down the play opportunities and know how to get in better position for them. We didn’t attack and we just got picked apart instead.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 27, 2014 4:21 PM

    Just like Cincinnati… if Detroit upgrades their receiving corps (high quality depth)… the 2014 Detroit Lions offense would be dangerous.

    Detroit had the 3rd ranked PASS Offense in the NFL WITH a fullback (!) and a running back as their 2nd and 3rd best wide receiver.


  4. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jan 27, 2014 4:22 PM

    I’ve been watching Schwartz defense for years, it does not attack. This is an off-season podium bit.

  5. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 27, 2014 4:22 PM

    It’s been five years and the Titans still haven’t recovered from Schwartz’s departure as defensive coordinator.

  6. rodvmunchiii says: Jan 27, 2014 4:23 PM

    Detroit, Atlanta and Houston should be run and shoot offenses for all time – it’s just the way it should be.

  7. rcali says: Jan 27, 2014 4:24 PM

    Has any new defensive coach said ” we’re going to sit back and be passive?”

  8. shaggytoodle says: Jan 27, 2014 4:24 PM

    Are they going to be able to stop attacking after the whistle?

    That was a big problem in the Det.

  9. acmepackers says: Jan 27, 2014 4:29 PM

    Schwartz is, and has always been, all talk. Likes to blab in the offseason… and then promptly gets out coached in the regular season.

  10. Dogsweat says: Jan 27, 2014 4:32 PM

    A perfect Coach for the Raiders.

  11. hjb99992013 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:35 PM

    “Has any new defensive coach said ” we’re going to sit back and be passive?”

    yes…Dick Jauron and if you ask him he will tell you it is hard to win in the NFL

  12. ballboy48 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:40 PM

    Buffalo should’ve just promoted O’Neill to DC. I’ve watched Schwartz’s defenses get picked apart, and they had one of the best D-Lines in the NFL. His pass defense is pathetic, and that’s not good when you have to face Tom Brady twice a year, and next year, Rodgers, Cutler, Stafford, Manning, Rivers, Alex Smith, etc.

  13. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 27, 2014 4:43 PM

    Apparently, none of the Schwartz critics above watched him coach Tennessee’s defense. He had it rock’n from 2002 (reached the AFC Championship Game his first year) to 2008 (when the team started 10 and 0 with Kerry Collins at QB).

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 27, 2014 4:47 PM

    Not drafting quality cornerbacks exposed the Lions during the Schwartz era.

    Detroit (until 2013 – 2nd round Ezekiel Slay) hasn’t drafted a cornerback or safety before the 3rd round since Louis Delmas in 2009.

    2009 Detroit Lions PASS Defense = 32nd in NFL
    2010 Detroit Lions PASS Defense = 16th in NFL
    2011 Detroit Lions PASS Defense = 22nd in NFL
    2012 Detroit Lions PASS Defense = 14th in NFL
    2013 Detroit Lions PASS Defense = 23rd in NFL

  15. rpiotr01 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:48 PM

    “We are going to be an undisciplined, ineffective scheme.”

  16. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jan 27, 2014 4:50 PM

    attack vs. what? sit there and let them run all over you….seriously, what are these Coaches selling?

  17. thehatefulnerd says: Jan 27, 2014 4:54 PM

    Cheap shot artist.

  18. rainmaker1982 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:02 PM

    And 57 sacks last year wasn’t attacking opposing QB’s?

  19. jaxx12 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:12 PM

    I read that headline three times before I understood Schwartz was not saying he’ll run a bean attack scheme.

    I really need to drink less on the weekends.

  20. lucimorland says: Jan 27, 2014 5:13 PM

    Schwartz promised the same thing in Detroit.

    Then we watched for five years as he refused to blitz, refused to mix things up, refused to adapt to whatever the opponents did.

    He kept throwing out this wide-9 defense, leaving giant gaps for opponent’s RBs. Gaps so big Stephen Hawking could have wheeled through for 5 or 6 yards.

    He taught corners not to look back for the ball, so almost any big play was nullified by a pass interference call…because the guy never looked back for the ball.

    I could go on and on. Bills fans, don’t get your hopes too high. Any success you have on defense this year will be because of the talent of your head coach. Schwartz is a joke.

  21. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 27, 2014 5:26 PM

    gonna run that wide 9, gym shorts?

  22. donmcg2012 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:39 PM

    Attack? Which player will he train to do the Suh stomp?

  23. vikescry1 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:46 PM

    yeah like the one in detroit? it doesn’t matter how you attack, your teams always seem to blow it because they can’t to stay within the rules of the game.

  24. nlyton says: Jan 27, 2014 6:30 PM

    Jim Schwartz: We’re going to be an attack scheme
    We’re going to attack fans who boo and coaches who don’t give post-game handshakes.

  25. pacodawg says: Jan 27, 2014 6:38 PM

    Sure Jim, just like the vaunted lions defense.

  26. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 27, 2014 6:48 PM

    May the Schwartz be with them!

  27. cruzer1996 says: Jan 27, 2014 6:57 PM

    He went to a very good situation. The Bills are loaded with talent on defense, and he should do well there.

  28. hehateme1 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:14 PM

    Hey Jim, is it business as usual? Ha!

  29. td40 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:32 PM

    I’d be so angry if this guy landed with my team. Thank God he didn’t.

  30. bleedrangerblue says: Jan 27, 2014 7:34 PM


  31. chezdigital says: Jan 28, 2014 12:48 AM

    All of you non-Lions fans beating him down can’t possibly think he was the DC in Detroit, because it sure seems like it by what you’re all stating.

  32. gobills716 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:38 AM

    Yeah Schwartz is going to be in BIG trouble in Buffalo. He only has four defensive Pro-Bowlers (M.Williams, K, Williams, Byrd, and Dareus), the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year (Alonso), Jerry Hughes coming off a 10 sack breakout season, and two former top 12 cornerbacks (McKelvin and Gilmore). It’s all over, throw in the towel, he is bound to fail because everything he had in Detroit is identical to what he has in Buffalo.

  33. jonwill57 says: Jan 28, 2014 10:57 AM

    Wide 9…what a joke. When Howard Mudd (I think) took that concept to Philly, it was the beginning of the end for Philly’s defense!

  34. keepyerstickontheice says: Jan 28, 2014 11:59 AM

    “Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz!”

  35. backdapack4evr says: Jan 29, 2014 4:32 AM

    Did his brother write the Brady bunch??

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