The Jet Press
Jets News

Jets Mike Pettine Felt the Defense Was Getting “Dinosaur-ish”

By Alan Schechter

Dec 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE

Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, while hosting a charity event, spoke about the philosphy behind the players added to his defense during the draft.

“The league is evolving that way to be a pass-first league,” said Pettine, who hosted an event Tuesday night to find a match for a Jets’ fan in need of a bone marrow transplant and raise awareness for bone marrow donations. “We felt we were getting – for lack of a better phrase – a little dinosaur-ish inside. We feel we needed to increase our athleticism and team speed.”

The Jets, like all of the other teams in the league, are looking to counter the astronomical play of Rob Gronkowski, and other tight ends in the league right now.

“We feel the division runs through Foxborough,” Pettine said. “We have to defend them…. You saw all the tight ends drafted. New England has set the trend for it. And we have to respond to it.”

Pettine is not concerned about the “motor” of Quinton Coples, and was excited as he could be that he was available, as he did a “mental backflip”. He also talked about how he and coach Ryan will collaborate on play calling, and may go with the hot hand approach as well.

You all know how I feel about the Jets draft. They did a great job at getting faster. They sure needed it, anyone who watched our defense play knows that.