During this past offseason, Mike Pettine made a lateral career move from defensive coordinator of the New York Jets to defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, which fueled speculation of a falling out between him and Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
But Pettine said that couldn't be farther from the truth.
"He and I have been texting each otehr since I left there and that's even picked up even more so this week. Just funny things back and forth. Rex and I will be friends for a long time," Pettine said.
During a press conference Wednesday, Pettine said the Jets offered him a contract before the start of the 2012 campaing, but he listened to the advice of his agent and didn't sign. He played out the year and became a free agent and waited for a "better opportunity to present itself."
He believes that better opportunity is in Buffalo, where his defense racked up six sacks (4.5 for Mario Williams) in last week's win over the Carolina Panthers.
Ryan and Pettine were together for the past 11 years dating back to their days with the Baltimore Ravens, where Ryan served a mentor for Pettine.
With that being said, Pettine admitted there's an extra motivation to beating Ryan this week. He compared it to a sibling rivalry.
"I'd be a liar if I stood here and said this game didn't mean more to more or I didn't want to win it...When I went on vacation with Rex and we were throwing washers on the beach, I wanted to beat him just as bad as I want to beat him on Sunday," Pettine said.