Packers expected to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Dean Simpson
January 17, 2018

The Green Bay Packers are expected to hire Pettine, a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, as Capers' replacement, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Pettine would replace Dom Capers, who was sacked earlier this month after nine years with the team.

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.

But Pettine has some pelts on his wall as a coordinator, most notably in his four years with the Jets and Rex Ryan.

Each finished in the top 10 between 2009 and 2013.

Nine years later, he has the same thing in Mike Pettine. The Packers have finished outside the top 15 in the defensive rankings six of the past seven years.

Pettine spent the last two seasons out of the league.

According to the Journal Sentinel, McCarthy was interested in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for the opening, but Fangio apparently is staying put after Matt Nagy was hired away from the Kansas City Chiefs as Chicago's head coach. He served as offensive coordinator from 2007-2011 before accepting a head coaching position with the Miami Dolphins in 2012.

The Packers also considered hiring in-house and had interviewed their remaining defensive assistants: Joe Whitt, Darren Perry and Winston Moss. With Philbin gone, they will now have to find a new offensive line coach.

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