Schwartz thinks that opportunity is running the Bills defense.
Doug Marrone introduced his new defensive boss to the Western New York media on Monday. After losing Mike Pettine to become the new head coach in Cleveland, Marrone thinks he's found a replacement who's happy to be the replacement.
"I think every fan and everyone out there totally understands that we want people that want to be here," Marrone said. "I think that’s the most important thing and that’s the most important message. (Bills President) Russ (Brandon) has said it quite a bit to me and that’s one of the things why I’m excited about Jim. We talked to Jim and Jim wanted to be here. Those are the type of people that we’re looking for. People that can become part of the community and part of this region."
Schwartz said he has been an admirer of the Bills organization for a long time. The same goes for head coach Doug Marrone and is a big reason why Schwartz wanted to be in Buffalo.
"I have a lot of respect for what he did at Syracuse and where he took that program. That was not an easy job. I think anybody who is in our profession knows that," Schwartz said. "We have a lot of common friends. So there is a respect level that is there. I think that probably starts there. There is a tremendous opportunity with the players that are in place."
This will be Buffalo's 4th defensive coordinator in four years. Both Schwartz and Marrone dismissed any issues the constant change could cause.
"The NFL is not the way it was 25 years ago or 30 years ago when you had a player and you had him for his whole career and he was only learning one set of terminology," Schwartz said. "There are not many players in the NFL that are not very smart. You have to be a smart guy to be able to play in the NFL. We are not going to be so complicated that they cannot pick things up. Whatever we keep, whatever we decide to change there will be a reason behind it but also we expect our players to be able to pick it up pretty quickly."
Schwartz says Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus should be the Bills happiest to play for him.
"We’ll be fast, we’ll be physical, and we’ll attack. We are not going to be a reading defense. There’s going to be a lot of defensive lineman that will be real happy to play in a system like that," Schwartz said.
Marrone confirmed that many of Pettine's old defensive assistants will be following him to Cleveland. Bills linebackers coach Jim O'Neil will almost certainly be Pettine's new defensive coordinator. Lower level assistants Brian Fleury and Jeff Hafley will also be joining the Browns. Although it's not a done deal, Marrone said he didn't feel good that defensive line coach Anthony Weaver would return, either.
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