Rex Ryan has asked Jim Schwartz to stay as Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan tweeted Sunday that Ryan has asked Jim Schwartz to remain as defensive coordinator. Sounds great, except that their schemes are different.
Ryan’s scheme, which the Bills essentially ran in 2013 under Mike Pettine, varies in several ways from Schwartz’s philosophy. Mike Rodak from ESPN reports that “Ryan’s Jets blitzed on 37.1 percent of dropbacks from 2009-14 (sixth in the NFL over that span), while Schwartz’s Detroit Lions blitzed on 23 percent of dropbacks from 2009-13 (31st in the NFL) and his Bills blitzed on 21 percent of dropbacks this season (30th in the NFL). Something would have to give; either Ryan would hand over the keys to Schwartz and embrace a less-aggressive defensive strategy or Schwartz would adapt to Ryan’s pressure-based approach.”