By PFC Bills Blogger Chris Brown
Doug Marrone strikes again, just a day after naming Nathaniel Hackett his
offensive coordinator he nabs his defensive coordinator in former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
Although he is under contract until the end of the month with the Jets, Pettine has signed a three year contract to become the Bills next defensive coordinator.
Some are skeptical because he runs a 3-4, 4-6 hybrid defensive style. Marrone wanted a defensive coordinator who had “thorough NFL experience” and I think he nailed it with this hire. Pettine
has been on the defensive side of the ball since he came into the league with
the Baltimore Ravens in 2001. He continued to flourish when he became the Jets defensive coordinator in 2009 in which he had the number one rated defense.
The Bills just recently made the switch to a 4-3 under former coach Dave Wannstedt and have drafted accordingly to that scheme, so it will be interesting.
One benefit that Bills fans will be happy about is the man likes to blitz,
we’ve seen it some many times playing the Jets twice a year. Under Wannstedt last season the Bills blitzed on 17% of defensive snaps, that’s well below the league average of 33%. There are reports out there as well that he will be bringing Jets assistant defensive backs coach Jim O’Neil with him.
O’Neil has worked with the likes of Revis, Cromartie, Bell and Landry, which have become premiere players at their positions. Jets coach Rex Ryan was wishing Pettine the best yesterday during his press conference but stressed that he wouldn’t wish him well if he went to Buffalo, hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.