LeBeau might keep 4-3 if he's def. coordinator

If Dick LeBeau became Bills defensive coordinator, that would not guarantee a return to the 3-4 defense Buffalo had mostly operated for more than 20 years before Gregg Williams took over.

Since late 1999, LeBeau's Cincinnati teams have been 4-3 teams. He made the switch after he determined that he didn't have the personnel to operate the 3-4 and its zone blitzing strategies that he made popular with the Bengals from 1984 to 1991.

Seems like Williams could learn from LeBeau based on his struggles to conform his team to his philosophies.

In 1997, Cincinnati head coach Bruce Coslet hired LeBeau from Pittsburgh to become assistant head coach/defensive coordinator in 1997. LeBeau switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 in one year – just as the Bills switched from the 3-4 to the 4-3 when Williams came aboard. As was the case in Buffalo, LeBeau didn't have the players to make such a switch and the unit finished 28th in the league, down from 25th in 1996.

To get better against the run, LeBeau went to the 4-3 in Game 11 of 1999, and the Bengals have played that ever since.


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