INDIANAPOLIS -- Bills coach Rex Ryan has a friend to lean on if he needs advice about Buffalo in Mike Pettine, his former defensive coordinator.
Pettine, now the Cleveland Browns' coach, spent 2013 as the defensive coordinator with the Bills. That meant he had time to provide Ryan with a scouting report. Not on players, though, but things like where to live and where to eat.
"The important things," Pettine said Wednesday inside Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. "Having gone against them twice a year, I think he had a pretty good feel for that roster."
Pettine, who's had his hands full with a tumultous offseason dealing with quarterback Johnny Manziel entering rehab and star receiver Josh Gordon being suspended for a year, said he's thrilled to see Ryan land with the Bills.
"I know the quality of people there, the community and the building," he said. "I think he's a great fit there and he'll do well."
When Pettine took over the Bills' defense for the 2013 season, he brought in safety Jim Leonhard for a coach-on-the-field signing. Ryan, though, doesn't think he'll need to do the same thing this season.
"I don’t think it’s as important here as it was when I made the transition from Baltimore to New York," he said. "The reason I say that is obviously Mike Pettine was there two years previously, so he brought them a lot of -- it might
not have been the exact defense -- but a lot of the terms, and the system. A lot of that will be familiar to them.
"It’s not totally foreign to the players. We’ll be able to adapt both systems. We certainly will. There will be some things we do differently than what Pettine did here, but take what they really did well in a 4-3 as well. It’s all the same thing for us. It will always be player over scheme."