Packers 'preparing' to give Pettine job as defensive coordinator

Gladys Abbott
January 11, 2018

Reports surfaced earlier in the week that the team will name former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine as its new defensive coordinator.

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

That should end soon as they hire a guy who loves to bring pressure and who's defenses regularly finish in the top ten.

However, Pettine's defenses finished 20th in the league in points allowed in each of the next three years, and the 2015 Browns were 29th in points allowed and 27th in yards allowed.

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He was hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2014, and was sacked after the 2015 season. Prior to that, however, Pettine was a successful defensive coordinator.

Pettine had a top-10 defense in each of his five seasons as a coordinator, including first (2009), third (2010), fifth (2011) and eighth-place (2012) rankings with the Jets and a 10th-place showing with the Bills in 2013. He hired Joe Philbin, the former coach, to rejoin his staff likely as offensive coordinator to replace Edgar Bennett, who will not return. After moving up through the ranks in Baltimore, Pettine spent four years as Rex Ryan's defensive coordinator with the Jets and one season under Ryan with the Bills. Additionally, Pettine was a coaching assistant with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-2003), as well as Baltimore's assistant defensive line coach (2004) and outside linebackers coach (2005-2008).

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy announced last week the team would interview Packers assistants Winston Moss, Darren Perry and Joe Whitt for the job.

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