The speed with which new Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone has assembled his coaching staff has been impressive. For fans of the Bills, impressive isn’t strong enough. Try visionary.
The Buffalo Bills have hired former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be their defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. Pettine, whose contract had expired with the Jets, agreed to a three-year deal with Buffalo to work on new coach Doug Marrone’s staff.
Poaching a coveted mind from a division rival is something the Bills rarely do. Acting with an actual plan in the early moments of the off-season is something the Bills never do. After working with Rex Ryan in Baltimore, Pettine followed Rolls Royce to New York.
Like so many coordinators before him, Pettine enjoyed the New York Times ‘how good is he?’ treatment two years ago.
“I’m not in it for the credit,” Pettine said in an interview in the team’s cafeteria. “I only want a ring. If it’s one of those things where it’s going to be identified as Rex’s defense, that’s fine. “I’m not in it for the credit,” Pettine said in an interview in the team’s cafeteria. “I only want a ring. If it’s one of those things where it’s going to be identified as Rex’s defense, that’s fine.”
He’ll get the chance to craft a new image in Buffalo. Hours earlier Marrone went back to Syracuse, choosing former Cuse OC Nathaniel Hackett to run the Bills offense. After stating he wanted his coordinators to have ‘through NFL experience the Hackett hire is a little puzzling. The 33-year-old’s resume includes minor roles in Tampa Bay and Buffalo (retread!) along with a lengthy stay at Stanford. Hackett is a fan of the K-Gun, an offensive system that led Jim Kelly and the Bills offense to an unparalleled run of success in the early 90s.
The Bills last foray into an up tempo, no huddle offense was a disaster. The names Jauron, Schonert, Edwards and Owens rekindle traumatic memories for Bills fans. Hackett was a low level assistant on that staff. At that time Kelly gave him a Bills playbook from the 1990s, which he began to rely on — I guess that’s good? Just get a damn Quarterback.
I’m staying positive. The average age of the Bills HC, OC and DC is now 42.3. Considering Chan Gailey was 103 this is a step in the right direction. New blood. Buffalo needs it.