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.