Bills DC Mike Pettine denies 'kill 'em' statement

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine denies using the word "kill" when addressing his defense about upcoming opponents.

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator denies ever using the terminology "kill," when talking to his defensive players about an upcoming opponent, according to Marc Sessler of Head coach Doug Marrone released the statement on behalf of Pettine, saying that "Mike has assured me that he has never used the word 'kill' in his terminology regarding our defensive strategy."

The controversy has come up after Bills defensive end Mario Williams commented on Pettine's aggressive defensive scheme, telling the Buffalo News that Pettine "usually says 'kill 'em or hurt 'em.' That's what I always hear."

Williams later backpedaled, saying he was just making a figure of speech and that Pettine never actually said "kill." Marrone's statement also touched on the use of the word "hurt," suggesting that Pettine uses this as a term that means beating a running back to a spot in a pass-rushing drill.

Pettine plans to change the terminology entirely when it comes to addressing his defense, according to Marrone.

It's unclear if the league contacted the Bills and urged them to come out and make these clarifications, but given that Roger Goodell's NFL wants to seem as safe and clean as absolutely possible, it seems likely. Either way, it does seem like there was an awful lot of fuss made over this.

Then again, with something like the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal still in recent memory, it makes sense for the league to be all over statements like this.

More from SB Nation:

Uffsides: Matt Stover on Ravens legacy, Belichick's evolution

Watch NFL rookies interviewing each other

Matt Barkley, media critic | Falcons pool party | #Lookit

NFL Huddle: McGahee's exit, Chargers doc fired and more

10 things we learned from Giants' minicamp

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.