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Should we be concerned about Pettine?

In a recent blog from ESPN's Rich Cimini, he states that "One of the reasons why Rex Ryan has resumed control of the defense is because the Jets want to get back to their ultra-aggressive style from 2009 and 2010. There was a feeling in the locker room that they got too conservative under former coordinator Mike Pettine, whose role expanded over the previous four years to the point where he was heavily involved in play calling in 2011 and 2012. He left after the season in a mysterious lateral move to become the Bills' DC." "We're going to do a lot of blitzing and getting after people," LB David Harris told me the other day. "There should be a different brand of football than you were used to seeing the last couple of years." Asked about last season's philosophy, Harris said, "We played more coverage. It wasn't like '09, that's obvious. That's all I'll say about that." "The statistics don't lie. Here's a breakdown of the Jets' blitz percentage (5+ pass rushers) over the past four seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information: 52.4 percent in '09 (first in NFL), 44.7 percent in '10 (third), 32.8 percent in '11 (12th) and 34.0 percent in '12 (11th). Detect a trend? In fairness to Pettine, he lost the top corner in football, Darrelle Revis, which may have caused him to become more cautious. Yet when I mentioned that alibi to two players, they shot it down, saying Antonio Cromartie capably replaced Revis as the No. 1 corner. I'll say this: The defense will be fun to watch in 2013." http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/23928/sunday-notes-a-different-brand-of-defense



This is interesting. From what we've seen of Pettine so far in OTA's and in minicamp is that he is dialing up the heat on the opposing offense, which is a sight for sore eyes from the ultra-vanilla defense the Bills had under Dave Wannstedt last year. So, is there any truth to Cimini's & Ryan's claims that Pettine was being less aggressive as time went on?

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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