Mike Pettine Reportedly Expected to Replace Dom Capers as Packers DC

Mike Pettine Reportedly Expected to Replace Dom Capers as Packers DC

Mike Pettine Reportedly Expected to Replace Dom Capers as Packers DC

ESPN reports Green Bay will hire Mike Pettine.

Prior to that, Pettine spent a pair of seasons as the Cleveland Browns head coach, compiling a 10-22 record. He was the defensive coordinator of the Jets (2009-12) and Bills (2013) before the Browns hired him as head coach.

However, Pettine's defenses finished 20th in the league in points allowed in each of the next three years, and the 2015 Browns were 29th in points allowed and 27th in yards allowed.

In hiring Pettine, 51, head coach Mike McCarthy plucked a coach off the Rex Ryan tree.

The Packers finished this season 7-9 and ranked 22nd in total defense.

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 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. 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. The Packers have finished outside the top 15 in the defensive rankings six of the past seven years.

Pettine would succeed Dom Capers following his firing earlier this month and join Joe Philbin after Packers coach Mike McCarthy hired the former Dolphins coach earlier this week.

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