Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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BY NICK ST. DENISWhen Rex Ryan took over the New York Jets in 2009, he inherited a defense that ranked 16th in the NFL and last in the division.In his first season as Gang Green's head coach and defensive leader, the Jets were ranked No. 1. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)Ryan progressively delegated more defensive playcalling and defensive leadership duties over the past three years to coordinator Mike Pettine, and the unit went on to rank third, fifth and eighth in 2010, 2011 and 1012, respectively. The last three years weren't shabby by any means, but they weren't trending in the direction Ryan would like.So with Pettine jettisoning to the Buffalo Bills to assume the same position but with a different organization, Ryan has decided to direct a little more of his attention back to his roots. Moving forward, he'll re-assume defensive play-calling duties and limit the responsibilities of new coordinator and former defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman.“I think we’re a better team if I...
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