Tag:Mike Pettine
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:32 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 9:45 am

Report: Pettine has drawn interest in Miami

Mike Pettine has drawn interest from Miami (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

According to the New York Daily News, Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has drawn interest for the Dolphins head coaching job.

Unlike offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and coach Rex Ryan, Pettine’s reputation has remained intact this season, as the Jets ranked 20th in points allowed but only fifth in yards allowed.

Pettine took over the defensive play-calling duties from Ryan this season, but the major blame for the Jets 8-8 season goes to the offense. Therefore, Pettine still is considered an up-and-coming assistant and could have a decent (but not great) chance at landing the Miami gig.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 11:40 am

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the debate about whether Steelers WR Hines Ward is a tough, gritty, blue-collar WR who makes hard, but clean blocks on defenders or a dirty, cowardly head hunter, I usually lean toward the former.

I’m pretty sure a wide variety of players – like Jets LB Bart Scott, Ravens S Ed Reed and Bengals LB Keith Rivers, all of whom have been hammered by Ward – would disagree with my assessment.

You can add Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to the list.

“Our guys I think called him the toughest guy in the league when nobody’s looking,” Pettine said, via ESPN New York.

Considering Ward was voted by his peers in Sports Illustrated as the dirtiest player in the league, Pettine’s comment might have some merit. That doesn’t mean the “tough, gritty, blue collar” thing is wrong, though.

“That works for them,” Pettine said. “He’s kind of the spark that gets them going and we are well aware of it.”

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:50 pm

Jets' interesting approach to D play-calling

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Pettine (US Presswire)
There’s a fascinating article from Bob Glauber of News Day about how Rex Ryan and Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (remember the brutally honest goateed bald guy from Hard Knocks?) handle the defensive play-calling.

Apparently, the two men split the duties during the game – a practice that is virtually unheard of at the pro level. Glauber writes:

Their arguments over the headsets are laced with anger and profanity.

"If anybody ever recorded us on the headsets, we'd have our own reality show," Pettine said Thursday as the Jets continued preparations for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers. "People say we're like brothers on the headset, and we've been approached after the game and they're like, 'Hey, are you and Rex OK?' ''

After a recent win, Pettine recalled that conversation as he and the rest of the staff smoked cigars near the team bus, one of Ryan's traditions. "I'm like, 'We're smoking cigars in the parking lot. Of course we're OK,' ''Pettine told the coach. "Half of it you don't even remember, but it's just two competitive guys and we both have our opinions."

This season, Ryan delegated more play-calling power to Pettine, though in the playoffs, the head coach has taken back a significant amount of that power. It’s not to the point where Ryan has taken over the defense entirely, but Pettine admits that it’s close.

Asked if he was OK with that, Pettine replied, "We're 2-0 in the playoffs. I'm real OK with that."

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:51 am

Hot Routes 1.21.11: what does Mean Gene think?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Mean Gene Okerlund weighed in on Bart Scott’s post-game rant last Sunday. Said Mean Gene: “On a scale of one to 10, I would give him an eight. A good interview has to create emotion. You can do that through love or hate, or just by entertaining people, and he does that.”
  • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti lays down the gauntlet for new OL coach Andy Moeller: there better not be any more alcohol-related incidents, or you’ll be fired.

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