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Pettine to the Bills: No Problem

By Alan Schechter

July 29, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine prepares to call a defensive play during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

I hadn’t addressed this yet, and it is a week old or so, but I just wanted to take a few minutes to address the guy to the right. If you hadn’t heard by now, Mike Pettine has defected, leaving the Jets to be the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. Normally a coach moving along within a division is a bad thing, but here, nothing to worry about Jets fans.

First, don’t worry about the secrets of the Jets travelling from Florham Park to Buffalo. As we all know, the Jets will have a new man leading the offense in 2013, and most likely, the “Ground and Pound” will be no more. He obviously will know a bit out of the players, but the system will not look anything like what the Jets have looked like in the past. The insider knowledge won’t be much.

As far as the Jets defense, there is less worry there. Yes, Mike Pettine ran the Jets defense, but he ran the Jets defense, created by Rex Ryan. He was just the man to implement the defense, and now Dennis Thurman will implement that defense. The coordinator just implements the defense that Rex Ryan created, so there will be no drop off in the quality.

Bottom line? No worries about Pettine being gone.