In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday evening after signing a two-year free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, former Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was asked about the 2015 Bills defense that failed to meet lofty expectations under Rex Ryan.
"I felt like our personnel was really kind of built more for the Jim Schwartz scheme," Bradham replied, backing the sentiment by many of his former Bills teammates. "It changed. We were real dominant, and we knew how great we were. Some of our top players, guys didn’t like the way (Ryan) was running it, and it just didn’t work out. I think the personnel and the scheme just didn’t match."
It's hard to disagree with Bradham, given the defensive personnel overhaul that free agency has started for the Bills. In the past week alone, defensive end Mario Williams and cornerback Leodis McKelvin were released (signing with Miami and Philadelphia, respectively), while Bradham was joined by cornerback Ron Brooks in Philadelphia, and defensive tackle Stefan Charles signed on with Detroit.
A tight salary cap situation did not help in that regard, but however it's sliced, the Bills have a lot of work to do to re-build their personnel talent on defense, particularly when it comes to depth at all three levels.