Packers 'preparing' to give Pettine job as defensive coordinator

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Packers 'preparing' to give Pettine job as defensive coordinator

On Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Packers were "preparing to hire" Mike Pettine.

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. He worked this season as a consultant for the Seahawks. From there he became coach of the Browns, posting a 10-22 record.

Pettine, 51, served as defensive coordinator for the Jets from 2009-12 before spending the 2013 season in the same position with the Bills. They were also attached to Los Angeles Chargers' defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

The Packers ranked among the league's top 10 in both points and offensive yardage all five years Philbin was their offensive coordinator, and they led the NFL in yardage and were third in points in his final season in Green Bay.

Pettine was chosen to replace longtime Packers coordinator Dom Capers, a Cambridge, Ohio native, and graduate of the University of Mount Union. His defenses all finished in the top 10.

The Packers also considered hiring in-house and had interviewed their remaining defensive assistants: Joe Whitt, Darren Perry and Winston Moss.

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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