FBO: Plugging AFC East holes
Important questions for the Bills, Pats, Jets and Dolphins
Football Outsiders continues its Plugging the Holes series, in which it targets the offseason issues facing each team in the NFL by division.
Buffalo Bills: How does this team fit its personnel into a 3-4 defense?
It's been an offseason of change in Buffalo as the Bills desperately try to break out of an endless cycle of mediocrity. Perhaps the biggest change will come on defense, where new coordinator George Edwards will toss out the NFL's last fad scheme (Cover 2) in favor of the NFL's current fad scheme (the 3-4).
A move to the 3-4 probably favors Buffalo's younger players over its veterans, particularly at linebacker. 2009 first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin was pretty much invisible as a rookie, as he failed to record a sack. He simply doesn't have the size to take on run-blocking linemen as a 4-3 end, but he will have more freedom to make plays in the new scheme.
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With the Super Bowl in the books, Football Outsiders starts looking ahead to 2010 and the biggest issues every NFL team will be facing.February 10: Plugging the Holes - AFC West February 11: Plugging the Holes - NFC West February 12: Plugging the Holes - AFC North February 15: Plugging the Holes - NFC North February 16: Plugging the Holes - AFC East February 17: Plugging the Holes - NFC East February 18: Plugging the Holes - AFC South February 19: Plugging the Holes - NFC South