Green Bay Packers hire Mike Pettine as DC

Posted January 11, 2018

The Green Bay Packers are set to hire ex-Cleveland Browns' head coach Mike Pettine as their defensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He then took over as head coach for Cleveland in 2014 but was sacked in January 2016, finishing with a 10-22 record as the Browns dropped 18 of his final 21 games with the team. He took his first defensive coordinator job with the New York Jets in 2009. He spent time with the Jets (2009-12) and Bills (2013) and had his units ranked near the top of the league.

Nine years later, he has the same thing in Mike Pettine.

In hiring Pettine, 51, head coach Mike McCarthy plucked a coach off the Rex Ryan tree.

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.

Pettine's scheme, like Ryan's, is rooted in a 3-4 system that relies heavily on press man cornerbacks and myriad blitzes.

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

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.

His one year in Buffalo was another top 10 finish.

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