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Pettine on play-calling duties: Don't overblow it

Mark Sanchez, left, has a laugh with defensive

Mark Sanchez, left, has a laugh with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine during Jets training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 4, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Mike Pettine provided some perspective on the whole defensive play-calling arrangement between him and head coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan said Monday that Pettine’s making “much more” calls this year. But the Jets defensive coordinator set the record straight during this Thursday press conference: the head coach came to him during Week 4, before the Jets were set to face Buffalo, and asked if he had "a feel” for the Bills.

“I said, ‘I did,’ and he said he wanted to change the emphasis then,” Pettine explained. “I don’t want this thing to be overblown. He and I have always worked the games together, set up the call sheet together, so a lot of the calls are kind of pre-made based on if they’re in this personnel grouping. A lot of it’s predetermined beforehand…The ratio of calls I’m making has gone up, but I don’t think it’s: he’s handed the game over to me.”

Pettine said the pair, who has worked together since he joined Baltimore’s staff in 2001, talk in between series. But most of the defensive schemes, he reiterated, already have been decided.

“It’s been planned out before so the calls are really predetermined, so who’s actually saying them, to me, it’s not that big of a deal,” he said. “So I feel like on game day that responsibility's there. And Rex and I have been together so long, he and I think so much alike, so if you really studied tendency-wise, I don’t think it would stand out.”


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