Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2009: Mike Pettine of the New York Jets poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Mike Pettine's reported move from New York Jets defensive coordinator to Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator is lateral by definition, but in reality, it's a step up.Working under head coach Rex Ryan, Pettine was "in charge" of the Jets' defense the past four years, but it was never truly his defense. At least that was the perception.His responsibilities and ownership of the unit grew during that time, but he never really escaped the large shadow of Ryan, who is one of the best defensive minds in the game and got most, if not all, of the credit for Gang Green's stout play on that side of the ball the last four years. (photo credit: NewYorkJets.com)So it's no surprise that Pettine opted to part ways with the Jets when his contract expired after the 2012 season. Pettine jumped on the Bills' wagon to serve as new head coach Doug Marrone's defensive coordinator. Now, he'll have a chance to prove himself as the clear-cut leader of a defense.Ryan was supportive of Pettine Tuesday but made...
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