Now that they’ve hired a general manager, the Green Bay Packers’ biggest opening is at defensive coordinator. They will reportedly interview former Cleveland Browns’ coach Mike Pettine for that opening.
Pettine previously was a defensive coordinator with the Jets and Bills. And he’s actually produced some pretty great defenses, mostly with the Jets.
During his four seasons as the Jets’ defensive coordinator, Pettine’s defenses were ranked first, third, fifth and eighth, respectively. In his one season in Buffalo, his defense was ranked 10th.
That track record is likely what got him the top job in Cleveland, where he was from 2014-15. We won’t speak much of that crap heap, however.
Pettine went 10-22 as coach of the Browns and has been out of the league since coaching them.
While Pettine looks like a strong candidate to replace Dom Capers, we have a feeling the Packers are waiting around to talk to — and probably give the job to — former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
The Bears named former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy their head coach on Monday. Fangio interviewed for that job and it’s unlikely that he’ll stick around in Chicago as the DC. That said. Fangio is a Capers’ protégée and we have heard he won’t come to the Packers without Capers’ blessing.
So Pettine might be a good backup plan, but we still expect the Packers and coach Mike McCarthy to bring Fangio in before making a final decision.