Florham Park, NJ – According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has declined a contract extension from the Jets. Pettine has been Rex Ryan’s number two guy for a number of years, since they’re days in Baltimore, with Pettine declining the extension he will likely be on the move and he should have very little trouble finding new employment.
Contrary to a post created in the forums of this very website the fact that the Jets offered Pettine an extension is actually a good sign that Ryan will be back with the Jets for at least one more season. There’s still two weeks left to play this season and how the Jets play these two games could go a long way toward determining Ryan’s immediate fate, but teams don’t attempt tend to extend coordinators if they are planning to fire the head coach.
The Jets defense has been more than good enough to get this team into the playoffs, it was the constant turnovers from Mark Sanchez, the offense and special teams that doomed the Jets season. The defense had their share of problems, especially early in the season, and gave up far too many big plays, but they lost their best defender early in the season, Sion Po’uha dealt with lower back problems all season long and the problem area of this defense lies with the lack of speed and declining talent at linebacker. If the Jets can keep their safeties, keep Po’uha healthy or have Kenrick Ellis or another player adequately fill Po’uha’s spot all they’ll need is a couple of younger, faster linebackers to give Ryan the shut down defense he wants.
Pettine has served Ryan well as his number two, but the defense and the Jets can survive the loss of Pettine, it’s a question of who will be in control of the offense next season that will determine whether or not 2013 can be a successful year for the Jets.
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