The Green Bay Packers will have a defensive coordinator who has coached several top-10 units. He’s just not the guy we expected. The Packers will reportedly hire former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine for the job.
Pettine comes from the Rex Ryan coaching tree and runs a similar 3-4 scheme to that of departed defensive coordinator Dom Capers. With the Jets from 2009 to 2012, Pettine’s defenses ranked first, third, fifth and eighth. With the Buffalo Bills in 2013, his defense ranked 10th. Pettine was coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2014-15, where he had a record of 10-22.
The Packers had also shown interest in former Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for the job. He appeared to be the frontrunner. They were also attached to Los Angeles Chargers’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. However, Bradley signed a new deal to remain in Los Angeles.
Coach Mike McCarthy also interviewed three in-house candidates for the job: linebackers coach Winston Moss, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt and safeties coach Darren Perry.
The Packers still have an opening for a defensive line coach and quarterbacks coach.