One of the biggest complaints about Rex Ryan's failed defense the last two seasons in Buffalo was how confusing it could be for players.
Don't be surprised, then, if plenty of the talk this summer focuses on simplifying things in 2017. New defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier got the ball rolling in that regard Tuesday during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.
"We don’t want to complicate things for our players at all in what we’re trying to get accomplished,” Frazier told hosts Alex Marvez and Bill Polian. "We really want our players to be able to play fast and they have adopted very well to the 4-3, and also some of the terminology that we’ve introduced them to. The guys, they’re really excited about the system and some of the things that we’re trying to get accomplished."
Frazier told the hosts he comes from a school "where sometimes less is more."
"All the players, they all want to play fast," he said. "They want to be able to, 'Just put me in a position, Coach, and let me go.' And that's what we want to be able to do with our players, because we think we have some very talented defenders."
That's especially true up front. The Bills' defensive line of Shaq Lawson, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes looks formidable on paper.
"We think our defensive front is going to be a pretty stout front," Frazier said. "I really think we’re on the right track. I think we had a really good draft and the way the guys have competed throughout the offseason in our OTAs and some of the things that we were putting together, we’re excited, really exited about this 2017 season."