Buffalo Bills: How Much Will New Coordinator Mike Pettine Improve the Defense?

May 11, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After giving defensive end Mario Williams a lucrative free-agent contract last offseason, hopes were high for the Buffalo Bills defense going into 2012.
Although Williams finished with a productive 10.5-sack season, the Bills were lackluster as a team on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 362.9 total yards per game.
Following the season, the entire coaching staff was let go, including head coach Chan Gailey and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt.
This offseason, the Bills chose to go with former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone as their new head coach. His choice for defensive coordinator was Mike Pettine.
Pettine will have his work cut out for him in Buffalo, trying to turn around a defense that was ranked 22nd in the league last season.
But Pettine is a good choice for the part. He has spent the last four seasons in the same role with the New York Jets, helping them have one of the league's better defensive units.
Although the Jets suffered a po...

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