The next coach is one that the Buffalo Bills should know well as Mike Pettine was defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2013. The reason it was only one season was Pettine would be hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and be the first coordinator for the Buffalo Bills to be hired as head coach in a number of years.
In that one season with Buffalo, the defense saw significant improvements due to Pettine’s aggressive approach in terms of blitzing the quarterback. According to Erik Frenz with The Bleacher Report, the Bills blitzed 39% of the time on opponent’s dropbacks under Pettine.
This would be a significant shift to what the Buffalo Bills have done under Frazier and McDermott over the years as they typically haven’t been blitzed often. The question will be whether Pettine’s philosophy would clash with McDermott but a different approach could really help jump start a pass rush that got stagnant at times last season.
Mike Pettine currently is an assistant head coach with the Minnesota Vikings but with this being a promotion, the Buffalo Bills could request an interview.