Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has reportedly turned down a contract extension to remain with the New York Jets.
New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine turned down a contract extension to remain with the Jets, according to the New York Daily News. Pettine is in the final year of his contract and will be free to pursue any job at the end of the season. It's speculated he could be eyeing a gig as head coach somewhere.
Pettine came to New York with Rex Ryan in 2009 and has been the Jets' defensive coordinator for the entirety of Ryan's tenure with the team. In three seasons under Pettine the Jets' defense has finished first, third, and fifth in total defense; this season they currently rank eighth in total defense despite the team's struggles. Even without cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Jets rank No. 2 in the league against the pass this year.
Prior to joining the Jets coaching staff, Pettine spent seven years with the Ravens. He was promoted to outside linebackers coach when Ryan became the defensive coordinator in 2005 and has been considered Ryan's top assistant for years.