Mike Pettine’s departure could be an opening for Wade Phillips to return to the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)
BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot
Mike Pettine is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Pettine deserved the opportunity to be a head coach after having success as the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Football Outsiders said the Bills had the NFL’s fourth-best defense in 2013, and Pettine deserves his fair share of credit for the unit’s improvements.
Reflecting on the past, however, won’t help the Bills defense in 2014. Buffalo should immediately begin its search for a new defensive coordinator, which could potentially be accomplished by promoting from within or by finding an outside candidate.