Packers 'preparing' to give Pettine job as defensive coordinator

Packers 'preparing' to give Pettine job as defensive coordinator

ESPN reports Green Bay will hire Mike Pettine. The Browns fired Pettine after a poor 2015, finishing with a 10-22 record.

He interviewed for the team's defensive coordinator job, but the Packers passed him over in favor of outside candidate Mike Pettine.

Pettine was later promoted up the ranks in Baltimore to defensive coordinator. His defenses with the Jets were first, third, fifth, and eighth, and his Bills defense was 10th in his lone season in Buffalo. Vic Fangio, the Bears' defensive coordinator the last three seasons, had been in the running.

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. The coach spent the last two seasons in Indianapolis, serving as assistant head coach and offensive line coach under Chuck Pagano. He became the head coach of the Carolina Panthers in 1995. He hired Joe Philbin, the former Miami Dolphins coach, to rejoin his staff likely as offensive coordinator to replace Edgar Bennett, who will not return. His defenses all finished in the top 10. He previously served a number of coaching roles over seven years in New England, including as the Patriots linebackers coach and defensive line coach.

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