For a number of weeks now, there has been a discrepancy of sorts between Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey and his boss, GM Buddy Nix. Gailey has repeatedly stated that the team will use a hybrid defense featuring 4-3 and 3-4 fronts, while Nix has remained steadfast that the long-term vision is the 3-4. In a Tuesday morning radio appearance on 103.3 The Edge, Nix tried to marry the two philosophies into one coherent vision. He did so while responding to a question about a cluster of incoming rookie defenders including Von Miller, Da'Quan Bowers and Marcell Dareus.
"I know Chan has said we're gonna be hybrid - which we were, and we will be, everybody else is - (but) we're still drafting for a 3-4 scheme, and we will," Nix said Tuesday on Morning Bull. "But there's times that you get a guy, like Kyle Williams, I don't care what defense you're playing, you need to get him in a position to make plays. That's what these guys are, and that's what we'd do. If we had to kick it down to an under front, and let a guy play in a three technique instead of a five, that's easily done, and again, that's something everybody does. These guys are football players, and they make plays. Your scheme has got to be adaptable enough to get them in a place to let them play."
I'm still not precisely sure how to take this, but I'd expect a mix of two-gap 3-4 and one-gap 3-4, with a flex outside linebacker (the Sam) that can put a hand on the ground on obvious run downs. Which is, really, a pretty obvious conclusion.