Ryan increasing his role in Jets' defense again

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. - AP Sports Writer
    2013-05-11 16:12

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Rex Ryan is going back to his roots.

The New York Jets coach says Saturday that he will control the play-calling on defense, as he did during his first two seasons with the team. Ryan, a defensive coordinator in Baltimore before being hired as a head coach in New York, left most of those duties to Mike Pettine the last two years.

Ryan wanted to get more involved in the offense and ``be more the head coach role'' last season, but wants to ``go back to do what I do, which is teach and coach primarily on defense.''

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Dennis Thurman replaced Pettine as the team's defensive coordinator when Pettine took the same role with Buffalo this offseason. Ryan says his increased role on defense is not a reflection on Thurman.