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Buffalo Bills moving back to 3-4 defense, per GM, head coach

The Bills have relatively quietly confirmed the move that fans had been expecting all along

Separately within the past three weeks, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley and head coach Rex Ryan have told reporters that the team is - as expected - shifting back toward more of a 3-4 defensive alignment for the 2016 season.

Followers of the team had been expecting that transition for quite some time, and Whaley had said that the Bills would be using more of a "traditional 3-4" as far back as early March, before free agency had even begun. Ryan echoed the sentiment in interviews conducted earlier this week, although he was careful to note that his defense would not be labeled as any one thing.

What would Buffalo's current defensive personnel look like in a 3-4 base? We're glad you asked; this is, of course, just a projection.

Pos. Starter Backup Reserve
DL Kyle Williams Jerel Worthy
NT Marcell Dareus T.J. Barnes
DL Corbin Bryant Jarius Wynn
ER Jerry Hughes IK Enemkpali Lavar Edwards
Cedric Reed
MLB Preston Brown Kevin Reddick
WLB Tony Steward A.J. Tarpley
SLB Manny Lawson Randell Johnson Max Valles

To confirm another thing team followers already knew: the Bills have some serious work to do if they're going to build quality depth in their new-look front seven.