The Buffalo Bills put on a full-court press when they pursued new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Not only did head coach Doug Marrone visit Pettine, but he was joined by Bills President Russ Brandon, General Manager Buddy Nix and Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley. "When we got off the podium at the press conference introducing Doug Marrone, we hopped right on a plane right from the podium and went off to Morristown, N.J., and really went after Mike Pettine," said Brandon Friday. Pettine was hired by the Bills on Jan. 9. He served the past four years as defensive coordinator for the New York Jets and previously served as an aide for the Baltimore Ravens for seven years. The group effort was in part intended to show Pettine how seriously the Bills wanted him. "The coaching staff is the responsibility of Doug," Brandon said of the head coach. "But we all went down there – Buddy, myself, Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone. ... It was organizational support. We wanted to make it clear to Doug [Marrone] that we are all-in in this process." Brandon on Pettine: "I love how aggressive he is, how he attacks. He's very bright. His pedigree is pretty damn good, when you look at where he was – in Baltimore and New York. His dad's a legendary [high school] coach. ... Everything you hear about him on the outside is A-plus."
Brandon: Bills were all-in on Pettine
Buffalo News | Feb 2