ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - After the Bills introduced the offensive and special teams coaches on Thursday, Friday it was time for the defensive side of the ball.
Head coach Doug Marrone unveiling five new coaches on his staff to the media. The head man on defense, coordinator Mike Pettine, joins the team after serving the last four seasons in the same role with the New York Jets. In 2012, the Jets defense ranked eighth, after ranking in the top five the previous three seasons.
Pettine said the factors of the opportunity in Buffalo made it an easy decision to come to the Bills. He plans to bring an attack-style system which will pressure offenses into quick decisions, while being smart, tough, and relentless. He believes a defense should be aggressive to be successful, and plans to base a system around multiple fronts and maximizing the talent on the Bills roster.
"We'll be in 3-4, we'll be in 4-3, we'll be in 46, if you can draw the front we'll probably be in it," Pettine said. "I think the cornerstone of our system is its flexibility and the multiplicity, that you can mold it to your talent. And that's what we're in the process of doing here - who's on the roster, what do they do well, and that's what we're going to build the system around.
Pettine brings 11 years of NFL coaching experience to the table, where he spent time with Jets head coach Rex Ryan in New York and in Baltimore.
"We'll have hybrid-type players that can rush, that can drop, that can play inside, that can stand up," Pettine added. "That to me has been the strength of what we've done, when you give an offense problems as far as identifying. Is this guy a defensive lineman, is he a linebacker, what is he?"