Marcell Dareus: Too much detail in Rex Ryan’s defense

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The Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday after 31 games on the job.

Ryan was hired on the back of his reputation as a defensive coach, but the unit never reached expectations over the last two years. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus told Josina Anderson of ESPN that the loss of safety Aaron Williams hurt because communication was lacking “across the whole board for the defense.

Dareus also thinks the team “should’ve been just more aggressive on defense” and that Ryan’s scheme wasn’t a great fit for the players that the Bills had on hand.

“It was just too much detail for a lot of guys, and I feel like for a lot of guys it was too much going on for them to check here and check there, if this happens and that happens,” Dareus said. “Then nine times out of ten, a team will throw something out there that we weren’t prepared for, and then the adjustment to it, we had to get use to and try to make it happen and make plays.”

It’s not the first time that Bills players have sounded off about Ryan’s scheme and communication difficulties during games. Someone else will be responsible for making sure that doesn’t happen again in 2017.

36 responses to “Marcell Dareus: Too much detail in Rex Ryan’s defense

  1. Ya know how the teams that are successful long term always talk about getting the right players instead of the presumed best players? And then other teams are really quick to announce that they “won the offseason?”

    That. Here.

  2. This was something he was able to avoid early in NY because he brought in Bart Scott and others from Baltimore with him to help those players understand it. This time he couldn’t bring anybody. I know he tried to bring David Harris, but the Jets kept him. Then, he tried to get Revis, but that was probably a good dodge for Buffalo in hindsight.

  3. Hey, how can a guy getting paid 99 million dollars, suspended 5 games total and take three games to get in shape then disappear the rest of the season he expected to learn something ( sarc)

  4. Interesting that that when Ryan was hired he chose not to retain Jim Schwartz who led them to the league’s top defence. Rex may have his positive attributes but I don’t think he would ever get beyond the 7-9 win plateau.

  5. Some defenses are complex and while going through the checklist before the snap can be streso full don’t feel to bad. The CB from the Vikings couldn’t handle “finding a Jordy Nelson”

  6. The problem with getting the “right” players to fit your scheme is that when the coach goes so does the scheme. And you’re stuck with players that may not be able to adjust.

  7. The Jim Schwartz Defense was spectacular at times and way above average the rest. Biggest error was losing Schwartz. Second biggest was letting Rex hire his buffoon brother.

  8. Jason Taylor had a year in Rex’s Defense at the Jets. He said exactly the same as Marcell Dareus. By far the most complicated Defense Jason saw in his career. Just too complex – extremely difficult to learn (and he was a former Defensive Player of the Year).

  9. People can call DD dumb and he probably is but he might actually be right in s sense. The best coaches do a good job of simplifying things to a degree.

  10. Too complex doesn’t mean he’s stupid. It means they have to think too much instead of read and react. That’s why young players struggle is because they over think instead of just playing as the game slows down. The d line is very talented and should not waste time with too many stunts. The stunts and blitz packages are ideal in certain situations but not every play. He’s not the first guy to say this about complicated schemes.

  11. mongo3401 says:

    Hey, how can a guy getting paid 99 million dollars, suspended 5 games total and take three games to get in shape then disappear the rest of the season he expected to learn something ( sarc)
    ===========================

    That’s what happens when you sign players with an average IQ of 75 who smoke dope every night. The majority of these players would have been high school dropouts if it wasn’t for sports.

  12. “Then nine times out of ten, a team will throw something out there that we weren’t prepared for, and then the adjustment to it, we had to get use to and try to make it happen and make plays.”

    That right there. Do you think any other team would be unprepared for a wrinkle another team threw at them? Think that would happen to a certain coach in the division? I don’t know why everyone thinks Wrecks is a great defensive guy. Take out his hall of famers with the Ravens, and the guy is just a snake oil salesman.

  13. Onebuffalove

    You’re exactly right. It’s just too easy for these jealous people to get poke fun. Don’t even bother.

    Mario Williams said things similar to this comment by marcel. So it’s not one guy.

  14. I guess it is hard to learn especially when your majoring in weave basketing at college !!!

  15. hmm, I wonder if the bills are going to make a move for Jim Schwartz then…

    probably not–since they passed over him as head coach for Rex…but…stranger things have happened.

  16. it’s too complicated for dareus because he was sippin on sizzurp and smokin blunts during his suspension. just like their daddy, the game has passed both the ryan boys over, no adjustments to their 30 year old defense. retreads dont deserve rehires.

  17. as a guy that currently plays football this is the most insulting thing I’ve read for a long time? If detail is too hard for you to do that you probably shouldn’t be playing defense, especially a guy who spent half of the Season suspended because of his own actions, how’s that for detail.

  18. Ed Redd, Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Kelly Gregg, Christ McAllister, Haloti Ngata, Trevor Pryce, Terell Suggs, David Harris, Darelle Revis, etc, etc seemed to have flourished in this defense….

    then again, maybe it’s because they actually opened the playbook and weren’t high all the time.

  19. Seems like a lot of guys who under performed in a Ryan system think it’s to complicated….. funny, I don’t hear the guys who were able to be successful complaining about complexities. Sounds to me like a bunch of meat heads couldn’t or wouldn’t keep up in the class room. This is why BB is so good. If you can’t handle all aspects of the game, your gone.

  20. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Dec 27, 2016 8:12 PM
    Ed Redd, Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Kelly Gregg, Christ McAllister, Haloti Ngata, Trevor Pryce, Terell Suggs, David Harris, Darelle Revis, etc, etc seemed to have flourished in this defense….

    then again, maybe it’s because they actually opened the playbook and weren’t high all the time.

    *************************************************
    Ed Redd ? who did he play for the Baltimore Robins.

  21. The same thing happened with the Jets after he lost Jim Leonhard (safety). There were constantly guys out of position and blown defenses.

    Rex needs veterans who are familiar with his scheme. He doesn’t adjust like other coaches like Belichick will.

  22. Maybe the players have gotten to lazy or stupid to learn complex defenses, maybe that’s how they were misused, coach didn’t adapt to their level.

  23. Dareus could be talking about teammates failure to grasp the system.. Either way coach is being thrown under the bus and players aren’t holding themselves accountable.. The Jets seemed to get Rex’s system a few years ago. The Ravens had no problem with it when he was there..

  24. “…Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus told Josina Anderson of ESPN that the loss of safety Aaron Williams hurt because communication was lacking “across the whole board for the defense….”

    So you’re blaming Jarvis Landry for the demise of the Bills defense? How very Bills of you! but thanks for screwing up at the end, putting the Dolphins into the playoffs!

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