Rex Ryan Ready to Face “Brother” Pettine

By Alan Schechter

Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine during a game against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Lions won 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

This Sunday will be a first for Rex Ryan for his professional career. So far, as we know, his only interaction with coach Mike Pettine has been on the same staff, either in Baltimore or here in New York. Well, Pettine is now in Buffalo, coordinating their defense, so Rex gets to gameplan against him for the first time. Is he ready?

I don’t like Pettine (joking). That’s a given (joking). But no, it is going to be interesting. I’ve never done it before. He’s kind of a brother, but I’ve faced my twin brother many times, so I think I’m ready for it. Maybe (I will) give him a shot before the game (joking).

He talked about helping the offense plan for Mike’s defense, and the idea of Pettine giving his team advice:

Yes, that’s true. There’s no question you’re going to do that, but again, when that ball’s snapped, a lot of things happen. It can be something new. There can be something old, something old that looks new, a lot of that type of stuff. So, I just don’t think it’s that easy. You can help on things, what we do on defense is sound, so it’s not like you’re coming up with a trick play here or there. We have like six of them in (joking) (laughter). You’ll try to do that. There’s no question. There’s a little bit of that gamesmanship involved, but it’s just going to come down to execution and things like that. I guess with Bob Sutton now over there (in Kansas City), you have (Vic Fangio) in San Francisco, so there are guys that are doing really well and it’s kind of neat to see those guys are doing well.

It should be an interesting chess match to watch on Sunday afternoon.