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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


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

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

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

  6. “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

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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