He played under Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards for just two seasons. In both of those seasons however, Lavar Arrington was selected for the Pro Bowl and had his most productive NFL year. With all the talent that was on Washington's defense in 2002 and 2003, Edwards' ability to help Arrington excel is something that will never be lost on the former linebacker. It's why Arrington feels his young prot g Aaron Maybin could also be in position to succeed sooner rather than later.
"The unique characteristic of George Edwards is he understands how to reach his players," Arrington told Buffalobills.com. "He's able to form relationships and garner the trust of the guys that he's coaching. I'd go to the end of the earth for George Edwards. I enjoyed playing for him."
Arrington believes Buffalo's defenders will soon feel much the same way. Knowing Edwards intends to initially install a 3-4 defensive scheme, he realizes that Maybin's position will change. But he's not convinced it will be a full-time move to linebacker.
"I just think that the way that George Edwards can coach and identify players' strengths and weaknesses that he'll have enough time to work with Aaron," said Arrington. "Hopefully Aaron will be able to pick it up and know what it is that George is putting on his plate and help him transition to being a 'tweener' in terms of being a defensive end and an outside linebacker. Aaron needs to know how to be versatile either way. I think George will be able to show him and teach him and put him in a position where he can be successful."
Edwards used Arrington in much the same way during his time in Washington, though it was in a 4-3 system. Arrington was used as a defensive end in a pass rushing role, but in base defense he was utilized in his familiar linebacker position. He foresees a similar scenario for Maybin, provided the young pass rusher is ready to embrace a multi-faceted role.