Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dareus exited for bout with 'good dude' Pettine


Mike Pettine is back in Western New York. And he's back in enemy digs.

Pettine, who spent a year as the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator following a stint with the New York Jets, is now leading the upstart 7-4 Cleveland Browns as head coach.

The Browns come to the Ralph Sunday in a battle between playoff hopefuls, and Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus expects his former coach to try and exploit what he can.

“It’s going to be fun,” Dareus said this week, via “I like Pettine. He’s a good dude. He’s got a cool personality. So I know what we’re going to get with him. He’s going to try to pick on each one of us because he knows our strengths and weaknesses because we rolled with him for a year so I’m excited about it.”

Pettine got Buffalo's defense on a great path last year, and new coordinator Jim Schwartz took the ball and ran with it in 2014. While both have been extremely effective with the unit, Dareus sees a distinct difference between their styles.

“Pettine he likes to mess with the people, Schwartz is more stay with the game plan, mess with your head, but also, ‘I’m on you’ type of D-coordinator,” he said. “He’s just a little different, but they’re both great D-coordinators with good game plans so it’s going to be exciting.”

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