ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - New Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was introduced to the media Monday over at One Bills Drive.
Schwartz was hired Friday to run Doug Marrone's defense after Mike Pettine was named the head coach of the Browns last week.
This will be Schwartz's 21st year in the NFL, his ninth as a defensive coordinator. He served as the head coach of the Lions from 2009-2013.
"I think that’s what coaching is all about, we put players in position to make plays and that’s a pretty easy group to do it," Schwartz said. "We’ll be fast, we’ll be physical, and we’ll attack. We are not going to be a reading defense. There’s going to be a lot of defensive lineman that will be real happy to play in a system like that."
"When you look at hiring defensive coordinators you want to look at people who you don’t like going against their defense," Marrone said. "Jim’s defenses have always been very tough, very difficult to run on, very difficult to score on. They’ve been aggressive, they’ve been very tough to game plan against."
Schwartz's plan of attack appears somewhat similar to what we saw from the Bills last season.
"In this league you’re going to have to play some eight man fronts to stop the run," Schwartz added. "There’s going to be some games where you’re not going to play much (eight man fronts). It’s going to be opponent specific. It’s going to be multi-dimensional enough to be able to do that. I mentioned before trying to put players in good positions and positions that fit their capabilities. We’re an attack scheme, it’s a scheme built on the guys up front getting after the quarterback."
Three of the Bills assistant coaches have officially left to join Pettine's staff in Cleveland. Linebackers coach Jim O'Neil is now the Browns defensive coordinator. Brian Fleury and Jeff Hafley also departing.
Former linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach, let go by the Bills earlier this month, joins the Browns in the same role.
Marrone said he didn't feel good about defensive line coach Anthony Weaver returning either, and the search for a new wide receivers coach is ongoing.