Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets players and coaches observe a moment of silence in honor of the shooting victims of Sandy Hook elementary school before the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. From left: quarterback Mark Sanchez (6), coach Rex Ryan and defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman and cornerback Ellis Lankster (26). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Thurman to Replace Mike Pettine as Jets Defensive Coordinator


Well that didn’t take long now did it?

This was hinted at during the press conference earlier today, and is being confirmed by Brian Costello of the New York Post. The Jets are set to promote Dennis Thurman to defensive coordinator to replace the departing Mike Pettine. Previously, Thurman had been the Jets defensive backs coach under Ryan, and now makes the move forward. No official announcement has been made by the team as of yet.

As I said earlier, in this particular situation, the defensive coordinator doesn’t make a huge difference. The position is basically one that will be used to implement Rex’d defense. Yes, the DC will put in his own thoughts and adjustments, but essentially, it’s Rex’s material. He created it, he brought it here from Baltimore. Just about anyone on that staff can execute it. Dennis Thurman did a great job with the DBs this year, he certainly is well deserving of the opportunity.

But it’s nice to see a change made so quickly.

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