Rex Ryan can’t be happy about this. Mike Pettine bailed on the Jets and took the same job DC with the rival Buffalo Bills. I’m still convinced that Mike and Rex had a rough year and a possible falling out. This could also be Mike trying to see if he can get out from under Rex’s shadow and fly on his own.
Mike goes to the rival with great knowledge of the Jets defensive schemes, but the flip side of the coin is that we know Mike’s strategy as well.
The question is will Mike take some of his coaches and players with him. It is already reported that Assistant DBs coach Jim O’Neil will join Mike Pettine as a member of his Bills’ staff.
Former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, Ryan’s right-hand man for four seasons, was hired by the Bills for the same position, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday morning.
Ryan and Pettine agreed to part ways. Pettine’s contract with the Jets is expiring; he declined an extension at the start of the season.
In Tuesday’s news conference, Ryan acknowledged the obvious, that Pettine was moving on, but he didn’t want him to land in Buffalo.
“I’m hoping he doesn’t take that job,” Ryan said, half-jokingly. “I’m hoping he goes somewhere else. We’ve had conversations, and right now Mike thinks it’s best that he goes to a different team as a defensive coordinator, and I wish him all the best — unless he goes to Buffalo.”
Don’t be surprised if DL Mike DeVito, OLB Calvin Pace and S Eric Smith are Buffalo Bills next season. #nyj