Packers to name Pettine defensive coordinator

  • Packers to name Pettine defensive coordinator

Packers to name Pettine defensive coordinator

The Packers will interview Mike Pettine for their vacant defensive coordinator job, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Philbin was the Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach and offensive line coach the past two seasons, but he spent nine seasons with the Packers from 2003 through 2011, filling a variety of roles.

According to Pro Football Reference, the Jets finished first in the league in points and yards allowed in 2009 and sixth in points and third in yards allowed in 2010.

The Packers fired their defensive coordinator Dom Capers earlier this month.

Already with the worst-ranked defense heading into the season, the Browns dedicated money in free agency and draft picks to that side of the ball with the hope of improving, but the defensive woes continued to plague the team all throughout 2015. Prior to that, however, Pettine was a successful defensive coordinator. He hired Joe Philbin, the former coach, to rejoin his staff likely as offensive coordinator to replace Edgar Bennett, who will not return.

Pettine started his head-coaching career with the Browns with a 7-4 record and had the team in sole possession of first place in the AFC North Division in mid-November for the first time ever. His defenses all finished in the top 10. The Packers have finished outside the top 15 in the defensive rankings six of the past seven years.

Apart from Pettine, the Packers also interviewed three of Capers' assistants - linebackers coach Winston Moss, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt and safeties coach Darren Perry - for the job.