ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Last season the Bills defense had one of its best campaigns in years. But now they're trying to mesh a new coordinator, a new scheme and a few new faces to continue to the improvement.
The Bills finished 10th in the NFL in total yards allowed last season and second overall in sacks and interceptions. But they did struggle against the run, finishing near the bottom of the league in that category.
New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz brings his philosophy to Buffalo, which is somewhat different than that of Mike Pettine, who left for the Browns head coaching gig.
They also tried to solidify the linebacking corps with the additions of Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers.
"They play well. Not to say they can’t improve, we all know we had some problems last year in the run game and we’re going to make some changes going in to this year," head coach Doug Marrone said. "Obviously Jim and those guys are aware of that and we know we can get a lot better there."
"I think knowing his defenses over the years and watching them on film and from what we’ve talked about in meetings, I think it’s going to fit what I do well," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "Attack, get after guys and I think we have some other guys that could be tailor made for this type of defense too.
The Bills tackle Week Two of organized team activities starting Tuesday in Orchard Park.