The Buffalo Bills may be 6-9 and on their way to yet another losing record, but it’s not all bad in Western New York.
Sure, the offense is still a work in progress, but the defense has come alive this season and all eyes focus on defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and his efforts. The pass rush has been getting some love this year, but the coordinator may be getting his due credit after Sunday’s dominating 19-0 win that may have ruined the Miami Dolphins’ playoff chances.
Last week, TheMMQB.com’s Peter King reported that the NFL recently created a panel of former coaches and general managers to recommend head-coaching candidates to teams with vacancies. Not so surprisingly, Pettine is on that list.
Naturally, Pettine had all the right things to say like “I’m not going to think about it until the season is over” or “flattered to be on the list, but lists are lists” and of course “we’re focusing on New England.” All the classics.
But Bills CEO Russ Brandon indicated that the team wouldn’t be likely to block someone like Pettine from interviewing with other teams. He said:
“It’s something that obviously would come through me, [general manager] Doug Whaley and Coach [Doug] Marrone. But it all depends on what the opportunity is, but if it’s a head coaching, certainly [he] would have that opportunity.”
Pettine’s group, already enjoying a pretty fine season, added seven sacks to their NFL-best total of 49 and set a new franchise records for sacks in a season with 56. They held the Dolphins to just 103 yards of total offense and never allowed them to reach the red zone.
As a Bills fan, one would hope that the Bills record would work against him so that he can return next season and hopefully help lead the Bills and their revamped defense to the playoffs. But should a team show interest in him, everyone in Western New York and beyond would wish him well.
But as a fan of a team that has missed the playoffs the last 15 years, I hope he sticks around and leads the charge.