Reports: Packers name Browns' Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - If multiple reports are accurate, former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is landing in Green Bay as their next defensive coordinator.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the hiring, citing a league source.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy interviewed Pettine for the defensive coordinator's job Tuesday. It must have gone very well.

Pettine would succeed Dom Capers, who was fired last week after a disappointing 7-9 season.

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.

Packers fans may worry about Pettine's history with the Browns -- two years and a 10-22 record, and his defenses there were not very good -- but that's not unusual, after all, for the Browns.

But Pettine has some pelts on his wall as a coordinator, most notably in his four years with the Jets and Rex Ryan. His defenses all finished in the top 10. In his first year with the Jets, they finished first in yards and points allowed.

He is a Ryan disciple, mostly running schemes out of a 3-4, so the Packers should have the personnel for that.

His one year in Buffalo was another top 10 finish. Keep in mind, Capers' units ranked in the top 10 just twice in nine years.

The two years in Cleveland were not quite as good. Pettine was a consultant last year in Seattle.

According to ESPN, McCarthy also asked permission to interview the Chargers' Gus Bradley and the Bears" Vic Fangio for the defensive coordinator job.

The Packers also considered hiring in-house and had interviewed their remaining defensive assistants: Joe Whitt, Darren Perry and Winston Moss. Moss also interviewed with the Detroit Lions about their head coaching job.

Defensive line assistant Jerry Montgomery is leaving the Packers after three years to go back to the college ranks and coach the defensive line at Texas A&M.



 
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