Packers to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Packers to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Packers to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

ESPN reports that former Browns head coach Mike Pettine is expected to head to Green Bay to be the Packers new defensive coordinator.

The Green Bay Packers have reportedly found their new defensive coordinator.

Pettine, 51, has been out of the league since getting fired in 2015 after two largely unsuccessful seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Pettine would succeed Dom Capers, who was sacked last week after a disappointing 7-9 season.

Pettine was sacked in Cleveland in 2015, but consistently his more talented defenses in Buffalo and NY were among the league's best. Pettine worked under Ryan as his defensive coordinator with the from 2009 to 2012. He spent the 2013 season as the Bills' defensive coordinator, and his unit ranked 10th. They had also had their eyes on Vic Fangio and Gus Bradley, but they didn't wait to interview them before deciding on Pettine for the job.

Pettine was chosen to replace longtime Packers coordinator Dom Capers, a Cambridge, Ohio native, and graduate of the University of Mount Union.

Green Bay's defense has basically become a laughingstock over the last few seasons as team seem to be able to throw deep on them nearly at will in the third and fourth quarters of games.

In looking to continue adding experience to his staff, head coach Mike McCarthy has now apparently settled on former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin to be his new offensive coordinator.

Pettine the job over Packers assistants Darren Perry, Joe Whitt Jr. and Winston Moss.

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