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Former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine lands with Packers

11 January 2018, 01:03 | Kenneth Drake

REPORT: Green Bay Packers hire Mike Pettine as DC

REPORT: Packers expected to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Reports surfaced earlier in the week that the team will name former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine as its new defensive coordinator. 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.

Pettine, 51, was defensive coordinator of the Jets (2009-12) and Bills (2013) before he became the Browns' head coach prior to the 2014 season.

Packers now preparing to hire former Browns' HC Mike Pettine as their defensive coordinator, per league source. Pettine's defensive units finished in the top 10 in total defense in all five of those years. They had also had their eyes on Vic Fangio and Gus Bradley, but they didn't wait to interview them before deciding on Pettine for the job. Pettine has sat out the last two seasons, but apparently is ready to coach again in 2018.

The Packers are seeking a replacement for Dom Capers, who they fired January 1.

His one year in Buffalo was another top 10 finish.

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.

Green Bay's defense has basically become a laughingstock over the last few seasons as team seem to be able to throw deep on them nearly at will in the third and fourth quarters of games.

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