Bills coach on blitzing

The Bills' defense is giving up the most points per game than any team in the NFL with a 36.0 average. One of the ways the unit can get better is by using more effective blitzing. Here's what linebackers coach Miles Aldridge had to say about blitzing. A complete analysis of the Bills' blitzing schemes is in the Oct. 13 issue of Shout! on newstands now. Call 1-800-932-4557 for a copy.

Aldridge: "On most occasions on third down, you want to have some kind of pressure. So you have to decide how you're going to get that pressure – using four-man, five-man, six-man, seven-man – some type of pressure. Overall, we'd like to mix those up …

"Certainly, there are things we might see in the protection and the style of passes that the offense is using per down and distance. Down and distance has a lot to do with whether we're going to blitz or not …

"We decided against the Bears that we would do a little bit more of covering – play zone, rush four, things like that. We've been putting a lot of pressure on our cornerbacks and now we wanted to try to help them a little bit …

"There are a lot of reasons for covering and blitzing – down and distance, maybe we used three blitzes on third and five, so now we come back with zone. Try to fool them …

"Because when you come with the blitz, you've got the corners in all man and then you're sending (the DBs) into space. It works on both ends – rushing and coverage …

"Things work together. Coverage can be three-man rush, eight-man drop. But you may have all eight of them up at the line showing and then coming out. We did that a lot against Chicago. We showed a lot but we didn't do it …

"You really have to have rush and coverage to be effective. You can only cover so long. If the quarterback's holding it, soon enough the receiver is going to get open. Somehow the rush has got to get here right before they get open. Vice-versa, if I'm covering you, and you fake me here, and I step there, and you break it out there, and just as you get open, they sack him, then I got saved …

"We've seen a lot of three, four wides. The last few weeks, teams that have played us have not used two backs very much. We've seen one back with three wides or four wides because we play where we're going to stop the run. So they're trying to spread us out and create the running game and the throwing game, having to beat us in those two areas."


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