Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Green Bay Packers hire Mike Pettine as DC

Green Bay Packers hire Mike Pettine as DC

The Green Bay Packers are expected to make Mike Pettine their next defensive coordinator, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Pettine, formerly the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, is from the Baltimore Ravens' model of aggressive defense.

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.

According to Pro Football Reference, the Jets finished first in the league in points and yards allowed in 2009 and sixth in points and third in yards allowed in 2010.

As a result, Pettine's potential hiring may have caused a ripple effect.

The blitz-heavy 3-4 scheme Pettine employs is similar to Capers', which should give the Packers defense a slightly easier time adjusting to his system.

McCarthy also apparently wanted to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who received a contract extension to remain with the Chargers.

The Packers are seeking a replacement for Dom Capers, who they fired January 1.

The #Packers have wrapped up their period of uncertainty: Joe Philbin is the offensive coordinator.

The Packers have not officially announced any additions, but with Pettine and Joe Philbin reportedly on-board, they appear to have their coordinators in place - and both are former head coaches. The Packers have finished outside the top 15 in the defensive rankings six of the past seven years.

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