Wire: 'D will wreak havoc'

Coy Wire spent nearly his entire off-season working one-on-one with safeties coach Steve Jackson at Bills headquarters. Obviously, the second-year strong safety has had plenty of time to digest Buffalo's new defensive approach. He talks about his impressions of it here.

Q: Coy, how much different is this defense compared to last year's? Coy Wire: Schematically, it's a lot different. The philosophy that we have on defense has changed a little too. I think we're combining Dick LeBeau and Jerry Gray's schemes and philosophies and now we have this defense that, to me, is going to wreak havoc on opposing offenses.

Q: I noticed in practice today there was an awful lot of defensive movement before the snap. Then guys were rushing the quarterback from all over the place.

Wire: What you saw today is a pretty good glimpse in attacking-style defense. Offenses aren't going to know where we're coming from. And that's what's going to make us so deadly because not only are we going to put heat on offenses, they don't know where it's coming from and a lot of times within our defense, we can set offenses up. [We'll] let them think they have an open shot at a receiver down field, when we're really wanting them to throw it to that guy. It's going to be fun this year.

Q: Will we see any 46-hybrid?

Wire: It's still in there and we put some new blitzes into our packages and … really, it's exciting. Because it's the type of defense where we feel like we're in control.

Q: What do you think the key will be for the DBs to intercept more passes?

Wire: If you look last year, quarterbacks had all day to throw the ball. I don't know if people realize that or not, but there was hardly any pressure up there last year. This year it's going to be a different story. Defensive backs are going to have many more opportunities to make plays because the quarterback is not going to have all day to throw. Playing together for a whole year makes a world of difference [too]. When you're in the huddle, when you're out there on the field, the communication, it feels like a team.

Q: Still, some of the struggles in the defensive backfield had to be because you and Pierson Prioleau were basically playing new positions. That must have been difficult.

Wire: It was difficult. Pierson was kind of learning on the fly too [Prioleau moved from strong safety in 2001 to free safety in 2002] and I had never played defensive back before, so we were thrown into the fire, and we had to learn on the run, and we got better each week and we've been working hard this off-season. I'm sure I can speak for Prioleau too, we're going to be much better than we were last year.

Q: What do you like better, strong safety or linebacker?

Wire: I like safety all the way. It gives you a chance to make plays. You're back there. You can be a Range Rover and be a big hitter and make big plays for the team.

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