Packers to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator
Jan 11 2018
Pettine is Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy's choice for defensive coordinator, according to the report.
One day after announcing a new general manager, the Packers have reportedly found their new defensive coordinator.
The Packers' successor to defensive coordinator Dom Capers will be Pettine, a former Cleveland Browns head coach.
Pettine would succeed Dom Capers, who was sacked last week after a disappointing 7-9 season.
Given the Browns' head coaching gig, he did about as well with his two seasons as any of the recent two-and-done guys: 10-22, one more win than current Vikings offensive coordinator (and Detroit Lions head-coaching candidate) Pat Shurmur.
Pettine was sacked in Cleveland in 2015, but consistently his more talented defenses in Buffalo and NY were among the league's best.
The Packers finished this season 7-9 and ranked 22nd in total defense. 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.
Defensive line assistant Jerry Montgomery is leaving the Packers after three years to go back to the college ranks and coach the defensive line at Texas A&M.
It was reported earlier in the week that Philbin was interviewing with his former team and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Philbin will be the new offensive coordinator.