Pettine officially named DC

New York Jets announced that Mike Pettine (pronounced PET-tin) has been hired as his defensive coordinator.

"Mike Pettine is a rising star in this league," said Jets coach Rex Ryan.

Pettine spent the past four seasons coaching the outside linebackers for the Baltimore Ravens and has been with the Ravens organization since 2002.

In the past four seasons, the Ravens defense finished fifth (2005), first (2006), sixth (2007) and second (2008) in the NFL. In 2006, the defense allowed only 201 points and 264 yards per game. The Ravens 2008 defense allowed 261.1 yards per game, finishing second overall in the NFL. The 2008 Ravens allowed 244 points, third-fewest in the NFL, and led the NFL with 34 takeaways, 26 interceptions and a league-low 60.6 opponents' passer rating. Baltimore also yielded a league-low four rushing touchdowns.

Pettine coached high school football in Pennsylvania at North Penn and William Tennent high schools after working as a graduate assistant for Johnny Majors at the University of Pittsburgh (1993-94). He also spent four years as an assistant coach for his father, Mike Pettine, Sr. at Central Bucks West High School. Pettine Sr. recently retired as the winningest high school coach in Pennsylvania, posting a record of 326-42-4 in 33 seasons.

Pettine played free safety at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1987, after earning all-state honors as a quarterback and defensive back for his dad at Central Bucks West.

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