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Michael Mark Pettine
Current position
Team Buffalo Bills
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-09-25) September 25, 1966 (age 55)
Alma mater University of Virginia
Team(s) as a coach/administrator







University of Pittsburgh
(Graduate Assistant)
William Tennent High School
(Head Coach)
North Penn High School
(Head Coach)
Baltimore Ravens
(Coaching Assistant)
Baltimore Ravens
(Ass't Defensive Line Coach)
Baltimore Ravens
(Outside Linebackers Coach)
New York Jets
(Defensive Coordinator)
Buffalo Bills
(Defensive Coordinator)

Michael Anthony Pettine, Jr. (born September 25, 1966) is an American football coach who is currently the defensive coordinator for the National Football League's Buffalo Bills. He was formerly the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets and the outside linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

Pettine is the son of famous Pennsylvania high school football coach Mike Pettine Sr. who went 326-42-4 record in 33 seasons and won the AAAA state championship four times at Central Bucks High School West.[1]


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.

High school coaching

Pettine coached high school football in Pennsylvania at North Penn and William Tennent high schools after working as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh (1993–1994). He also spent four years as an assistant coach for his father, at Central Bucks West High School. In 1999, ESPN documented the North Penn football season in a film titled The Season. The film followed the team behind the scenes during the 1999 season and highlighted the rivalry between North Penn and Central Bucks West, coached at the time by Pettine's father, Mike Pettine Sr.[1]


Baltimore Ravens

Pettine joined the Ravens in 2001 and was promoted to OLB's coach in 2005 when Ryan became defensive coordinator.

New York Jets

Pettine, Ryan's "right hand man", reportedly received a three year deal to lead the Jets defense. Pettine has been credited with contributing strongly to the Jets number one defense in the NFL in 2009. His tenure with the Jets ended after the 2012 season, with the expiration of his contract.[2]

Buffalo Bills

Pettine was hired to be the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator on January 9th, 2013.[3]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Sutton
New York Jets Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by