New York Jets coach Rex Ryan spent 11 seasons working with new Browns coach Mike Pettine. The two were assistant coaches with the Baltimore Ravens, and then Pettine served as Ryan's defensive coordinator for four seasons (2009-12).
So what does Ryan think the Browns are getting in Pettine?
“Not much,” Ryan quipped today at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He's not a very handsome kid.I'll start right there. That's pretty obvious, but he's a football junkie. He comes from obviously his dad, a tremendous coach in his own right and he comes from a coaching family. He's a smart guy. And I think he'll want to be great, I don't think there's any doubt about it. I feel fortunate that I had Mike with me for as many years as I did, and hopefully he learned a few things, what to do, maybe what not to do from me and things, but I'm sure he's going to be very successful.”
And why did Ryan think Pettine should become his right-hand man?
“First off, Mike was actually in the video department [with the Ravens],” Ryan said. “But we had conversations and it was clear that this guy grew up very similar to how I did, in a football home. Smart. So I was draw to him that way. He did a tremendous job. You talk about a guy working from the ground floor up, that’s him. That’s why I think he’s going to be an excellent coach. I don’t think there’s any doubt. He’s got the work ethic. He’s got the passion, the drive and coming from the history, the background he’s had, I think will help also. Growing up the son of a legendary coaching father I think helps. We’ll see, but I’m confident that he’ll do a great job.”