ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Mike Pettine spent more than a decade helping Rex Ryan put together dominant defenses - first with the Ravens, then with the Jets. This weekend, he will go up against his mentor for the first time.
Pettine, who joined the Bills as their defensive coordinator this year, will be game-planning against a team he knows quite well.
"I’d be a liar if I stood here and said this game didn’t mean more to me or I didn’t want to win it," said Pettine. "Coaches in the NFL were born with a competitive gene, a hyper competitive gene and you want to win at everything. When I went on vacation with Rex and we were throwing washers on the beach, I wanted to beat him just as bad as I want to beat him on Sunday."
Ryan called Pettine his "right hand man" with the Jets. As for whether than familiarity will provide any kind of advantage, Pettine says he doubts it will.
"He has 10 years of playbook material to draw from so it’s not like you can just look at it and say these are the three or four calls you’re going to get and be helpful with that information here," said Pettine.
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