Vic Carucci raised a few eyebrows in Western New York on February 11 when, in a live chat at NFL.com, he mentioned his belief that the Buffalo Bills would be moving back to a 4-3 defense. In talking about the Bills' 2011 NFL Draft possibilities, he discussed the idea of taking a defensive tackle early "to address the full transition back to a 4-3 scheme that Dave Wannstedt will oversee."
Most of us assumed that Carucci was flat-out wrong. In an article that MRW put in Web Rumblings earlier this week, Carucci amended his stance, but only slightly, and still insists that Wannstedt's presence will dictate that the team use a lot of 4-3 looks.
It will be interesting to see how the Bills' scheme evolves. Last year, the team switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 base, but wound up retaining some 4-3 elements because of the difficulty many players had with the adjustment. Wannstedt's background is strongly rooted in the 4-3, and it wouldn't be surprising if the Bills continued to at least employ parts of that scheme along with the 3-4, if they don't wind up simply going back to the 4-3.
GM Buddy Nix insists the team's long-term plan remains to run the 3-4. Who wins this argument: Nix, or Wannstedt/Carucci?