Jets DC Pettine fires back at Rhodes

Coach expects Pool to be tougher -- and a better teammate

Updated: May 20, 2010, 11:53 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine didn't use the words "good riddance" to describe his feelings for departed safety Kerry Rhodes, but the message was clear: Pettine sure isn't experiencing any separation pangs.

Pettine, who clashed last season with Rhodes, believes free-agent acquisition Brodney Pool is an upgrade at safety. He said Pool is more coachable and more physical than Rhodes, who was benched for two games last season because, well, the ...

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