Rex Ryan tried to merge elements of Jim Schwartz's defense with elements of his own defense in 2015 and the results were not good. In On Monday, Ryan joined ESPN's "Mike and Mike" and said that he plans on running his type of defense in 2016. Here is a look at what Ryan said, via Joe Buscaglia of WKBW-TV.
"We’re going to do things much differently next year, and we’re going to be better because of it," Ryan said. "In a way, I tried to merge a couple of things, you know, two systems and things like that. And quite honestly, it didn’t work, so we’re going to be all in, we’re going to play Buffalo Bill defense, and we’re not going to be fun to play."
During the majority of his tenure as a head coach, Ryan has run a 3-4 defense. Late in the season, Ryan and the Bills added players such as Max Valles, T.J. Barnes and Lavar Edwards, the types of players who are better fits in a 3-4 defense. Based on his quote, it sounds like Ryan is going to stick to his defense and look to add personnel that fits his defense.
Ryan later added in the interview that it was "unusual" and "strange" that the defense struggled as much as it did in 2015. Don't be surprised if the defense looks a lot different in 2016 from scheme to personnel.
If Ryan fixes the Buffalo Bills defense in 2016 and the offense plays like they did in 2015, there's no reason to believe that the Bills couldn't be playoff contenders.null