GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - New Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has his defensive coordinator. LaFleur confirmed on a radio program Friday that Mike Pettine will be back for year two as the defensive coordinator. The two talked Thursday and shared the same vision for the defense.
Despite a ton of injuries, Pettine's 2018 unit improved over the 2017 version, and LaFleur expects that to continue.
"I am really excited to see this defense take off in year two of his system. For the players to be able to perform, usually in year two it definitely is going to improve.
"And also, the thing that was so attractive about Mike to me was here is a guy that has been a head coach in the National Football League, and it's going to be somebody that I can lean on, because there are going to be circumstances that come up that maybe I haven't been through. So really excited to have Mike part of our staff," LaFleur said.
Pettine was head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and 2015. His defense ranked 7th in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt, according to the Packers.
LaFleur is narrowing his options for an offensive coordinator.
Reports Friday said he's talking with former Jacksonville Jaguars coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who also interviewed for the Packers head coaching job.