Bills Hire Former Jets Coordinator Pettine, Syracuse’s Hackett

The Buffalo Bills hired former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and brought in 33- year-old Nathaniel Hackett to run the offense on new coach Doug Marrone’s staff.

Pettine, 46, spent four years with the Jets and his contract expired after this season, when New York ranked eighth in the National Football League in yards allowed and 20th in scoring defense. He worked with Jets coach Rex Ryan since coming to the NFL in 2002 with the Baltimore Ravens.

“Rex and I are like brothers, brothers that fight a lot,” Pettine, whose father won four state championships as a high school football coach in Pennsylvania, said at a news conference yesterday. “Rex and I have a very unique relationship. It’s a strong bond based on the love of the game.”

The Bills’ defense allowed the seventh-most points in the NFL last season as the team went 6-10, the same record as the Jets in the American Football Conference’s East division.

Hackett returns to the Bills’ staff after three years under Marrone at Syracuse University, where he was offensive coordinator in 2011-12. Hackett was an offensive quality control coach for the Bills from 2008 to 2009.

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