Packers expected to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Packers expected to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

ESPN reports Green Bay will hire Mike Pettine.

The Green Bay Packers will have a defensive coordinator who has coached several top-10 units.

Packers fans may worry about Pettine's history with the Browns - two years and a 10-22 record, and his defenses there were not very good - but that's not unusual, after all, for the Browns.

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

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Coming from Ryan's complex 3-4 based defenses, Pettine spent this year helping out with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's 4-3 based Cover 3.

Mike Pettine, now 51 years old, wasn't employed by an National Football League team in 2017 but he did spend the season with the Seattle Seahawks studying their defense. His Jets defenses ranked first, third, fifth and eighth. 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 served as the defensive coordinator for the Jets from 2009-2012 and the Bills in 2013 and was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and 2015. Also departing Green Bay are quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and Luke Getsy, who left to become the offensive coordinator at Mississippi.

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.

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