Now that Rex Ryan has been shown the door in Buffalo, Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus has criticized his former coach, saying Ryan’s scheme was “too much detail for a lot of guys.”
Bart Scott, who played for Ryan, couldn’t disagree more.
“That might sum the whole thing up – because that’s the guy that you gave $100 million,” Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Instead of reading his play book, he was too busy lighting up. Are you serous? First of all, I’ve been in this system my entire career. Eleven years, I’ve been in this system. As a defensive lineman, you only have like four (or five) fronts. Man, if you can’t remember five fronts, I don’t know what to tell you, bro. We can’t put the play book in crayon.
“To me, you have to learn the concepts, not the individual plays,” Scott said. “When you learn the individual plays, you put each defense as an individual. I can explain to you the entire defense. (One) call might be ‘Bull Fire Zone.’ What’s the first letter of bull?”
That would be a “B.”
“Boundary,” Scott said. “(The pressure is) coming from the boundary. That’s all Dareus has to know.”
As Scott explained, Ryan’s defense uses code words like “bull” to tell the defense what to do and where to go. If Scott didn’t have trouble with it as a linebacker, it’s hard to understand how Dareus has trouble with it as a lineman.
“I’ve had teammates that were special needs in high school and college,” Scott said. “I played with at least four teammates that were dyslexic and they picked it up. So Marcell Dareus needs to be reevaluated. I don’t know what his Wonderlic was, but for him to say that defense was complicated, I don’t know.”