In a perfect world the Bills would not have needed a new defensive coordinator. Mike Pettine would have stayed with the Bills and the coaching staff would have continued to work together and maybe even help break a 14 season playoff drought someday soon.
Mike Pettine did leave to take the head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns and the Bills had a hole to fill. The vacancy was filled in little more than a day and not by pushing someone from within into the role. The Bills grabbed a former head coach in Jim Schwartz to take over the defense.
Now the fact that Schwartz comes with name recognition in no way means the defense will be great. But it is, to my eyes, another example of the progress the Bills have made in polishing up their reputation.
There was a time really not all that long ago when the Bills would be looking to hire people and it felt like there was a certain cut of candidate who they just could not talk with. That perception could have been wrong, but that's how it felt to me. Does an exhaustive search for a new General Manager landing on Buddy Nix ring any bells?
Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone have steered the Bills clear of those rocks. Marrone was a sought after candidate when the Bills hired him last year. They paid Pettine handsomely, I'm told he was one of the highest paid coordinators in the league, to step away from the shadow of Rex Ryan. A season later Pettine is a head coach. The job of defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills suddenly looks like a pretty good gig. There is a nice stockpile of talent on that side of the ball and the last guy to have the job spun it into a head coaching shot in one season.
That gets you a different caliber of candidate and that's one of the reasons I wasn't too bent out of shape about Pettine leaving. Like I said, I'd rather he stayed. The defense was working well, especially against the pass and if it ain't broke, well, you know. Though it is not entirely accurate to say that Pettine worked a miracle with the same talent Dave Wannstedt had the previous season. Of course significant pieces were the same but some key additions helped Pettine in 2013. Kiki Alonso is the sort of linebacker the Bills have needed for years. Manny Lawson did a nice job on the outside. Jerry Hughes came out of nowhere to get 10 sacks. Nikkel Robey was a find as a slot corner. Even Allan Branch gave the Bills better depth on the defensive line than they had a year ago.
None of this is meant to disrespect the job Pettine did with the Bills. It is merely to point out that the players have the biggest impact and Pettine had some key additions to work with in his only season here.
So Jim Schwartz lands in a pretty good spot as I see it. Don't get too hung up trying to figure out how this is going to go based on how his defenses have ranked other years. It really doesn't mean anything. Remember, Wannstedet came to Buffalo with a bunch of high rankings in his suitcase and we know how that went.
This is a terrible move: Schwartz doesn't call blitzes, and uses the 4-3. Schwartz couldn't be more different than Pettine if he tried. The Bills defense is going to take a 180 under Schwartz, think less aggressive and little to no blitzes. Sure the run D will be better, but that doesn't matter much in today's NFL. The Bills were put in a terrible spot by the Browns, as most DC candidates were already with teams, so I think the Bills tried to do the best they could with a bad situation. We'll see how it works out, but I'm not optimistic.
Marone's the key
The defense was improved last year and a whole lot more fun to watch but in order to go where we all want the Bills to go you have to be able to stop the run first. This team has enough talent to get to the quarterback. I'm sure Marone won't just sit in the background and let Schwartz have complete control over the personality of the defense. We'll continue to see pressure on passing play's. Ultimately it's the head coach's responsibility to win not the OC or DC.
waaaaaaa...lot of basement dweller GM's spouting the best moves the Bills should do...wut the heck. im not spending my cash
Re. Marone's the key
Aside from mispelling Marrone, I would argue that Manuel is the key; he will determine whether the bills make it to the post-season.
Another Dave Wannstedt
He seems like another Dave Wannstedt.
right on BullFrog !
well a lot of what you spewed makes sense but let's see how the NEW DC handles the staff he has and who he brings him?
Buffalo needs more aggressive ideas on defense and someone to figure out how to stop the run without decreasing sacks?
The usual morons speak out...I wonder how you would feel if you were judged without even starting your job...pitiful...
Triple Dog Dare
Schwartz will not throw challenge flage, he will throw Triple Dog Dare flags.
"We at PATS NATION thank goodness for the Buffalo Bills!!! We LOVE 2 AUTOMATIC WINS each season
Bills didn't make it to the Super Bowl this year....Neither did the Pat's.
Bills fans are comical...really, does anyone above even know anything about Schwartz? Just typical fans complaining to complain...and Schwartz is aggressive...he's nothing like Wannstedt...
Ha Ha Thats Right Paycheats NO ! Super Bowl......Just Playoffs but two SB wins were with ***
Its something how the nfl controls how the outcome is everyone but the patriotic fans knows that......
While in Detroit, they didnt do a lot of additional blitzing, the defense was effective and they had to also cover up the poor secondary. What I like, is that he has had very good success with not, overall, great talent, in TN. They were regularly a top D. He appears to be adaptable and willing to switch things up. He may be not be as aggressive as Pettine, but it doesnt mean his defensive plan is simple either. Maybe not a great Head coach, but has been a great D coordinator
Those are not true bills fans; thats the great whiner club So what mike is gone the man saw a chance to to become a coach. ok good for him; So we move on simple. But for the whiner club to say he like dave. Please calm down for lol. Their nobody like dave. thats why he not coaching.
The Bills are Different
This move only goes to show that the Bills are operating differently than in the past. Past regimes under the control of Wilson would have taken at least a couple of weeks to identify a candidate.
Cleveland basically put the Bills in a bad position with hiring a coach this late in the game. The Bills obviously new who they wanted. Any coach coming into this position was previously fired for whatever reason. All that maters is he has talent around him and the players buy into their system. Chemistry is the unknown, but faith must be given to Doug Marone as he identified the previous coach and one has to assume he know the players in the room to make this work. The benefit of the doubt must be given at this time.
THE STUTTER EFFECT
PATHETIC GRAMMAR IS BACK WRITING HIS BUSHWA FRESH OFF A HANGOVER.
Saving money on OC and Special team coaches
They have plenty of money to spend on DC. The OC and special team coaches should be among the lowest paid in the league. Remember that talk of the New Orleans's style offense? The OC put an end to that by week number 2.
LOSERS JUST LIKE THEIR TEAMS
CANNOT WAIT TO BLUDGEON THAT "LITTLE SHWARTZ" AND HIS JILLS AGAIN!!! SO GLAD THE JILLS ARE IN THE AFC EAST!!!
RE: Ha Ha Thats Right Paycheats NO ! Super Bowl......Just Playoffs but two SB wins were with ***
Ya, good comeback looser... too bad they can't put *** on CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS, EH? But you loosers never have to worry about that... WHAT A SORRY FRANCHISE!!!
re: Ha Ha Thats Right Paycheats NO ! Super Bowl......Just Playoffs but two SB wins were with ***
Pats fans biggest hopes are that Ralph NEVER dies and Russ will be employed FOREVER and the JILLS NEVER MOVE!!! That's the way we like the AFC EAST!!!!
This is all part of the Lake Erie Curse
This is all part of the Lake Erie Curse.
Cleveland and Buffalo.
Under a dark cloud. CURSED FOREVER
in case you have not noticed it patsies your reign is over. ya you will make the playoffs until Brady gives it up then your done.
the proof is in the pudding your super bowl days are gone and when Brady retires you dead meat.
anyone even chowder heads know it's all about the QB in the NFL now! the party's over patsies because you soon wont have Brady and then your toast!
you cant get out of the first round because Tommy's getting to old what are you going to do when he's gone?
it was a good run,but its coming to an end and you arrogant idiots know it!
re: pata fans,lol
Yeah... nice try looser, HOODIE was 10 AND 6 WITH MATT CASSELS!!! REMEMBER????
HELLO? STOP THE DRUGS...
The DRAFT is the KEY
If they have another draft like they did last year (verdict is still out on Manuel)and find 3 more starters or quality depth players it will make the biggest difference. Talent wins out, and drafting good talent is something the Bills have not done well.
off the mark
Nix is still one of the most well thought of talent evaluators in the NFL. Do some research "dog"
re: The DRAFT??? Russ? Nix?? Bills? Sabres? Regeir? Devine??
In all of professional sports one would have to search on another planet to find a franchise that has drafted WORSE than the Bills and the Sabres over the last 20 years!! Debate that.
re: to pata fans
He is right they days are number and the bills will have that last laugh. What he need to do is stop crying. This fool dosen't even live in boston. If you look at their record isn't that proff that they are getting beat. Remember they use to blow out the bills. they left here with a two point win. To me that means the bills are comming for that a$$. Because they know if they want to get back to the playoffs. They got to put a stomping on these guys. And i do not mean here in buffalo. but in boston and thats just a fact. So watch out pats; Because it isn't just the bills who want to kick that a$$.
Pats Nation, Verses Bills Nation. Are you serious?
Grow up little people and get a brain? The Bills have been dead in the water for 14 years and still counting must be a NFL record by now? How can anyone cut down the success the Pats have had since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have been together? Their success together, must also be close to many NFL records, winning records, not losing ones. Stop crying in your BEER, about a great Franchise, Robert Kraft has kept together all these Many years. Its been a unbelievable run, I doubt will ever be matched again?