Mike Pettine Headed to Green Bay as Packers Defenseive Coordinator

Mike Pettine is the defensive coordinator. He hired Joe Philbin, the former Miami Dolphins coach, to rejoin his staff likely as offensive coordinator to replace Edgar Bennett, who will not return.

The Green Bay Packers are expected to make Mike Pettine their next defensive coordinator, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Pettine had a top-10 defense in each of his five seasons as a coordinator, including first (2009), third (2010), fifth (2011) and eighth-place (2012) rankings with the Jets and a 10th-place showing with the Bills in 2013.

Pettine, 51, has been out of the league since getting fired in 2015 after two largely unsuccessful seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Graham spent the last two years as the Giants defensive line coach. Vic Fangio, the Bears' defensive coordinator the last three seasons, had been in the running.

Pettine is a career coach, first becoming an assistant coach for a high school in Pennsylvania at the age of 22. Pettine eventually worked his way up to become a defensive assistant, and later an outside linebackers coach in Baltimore. From there, he served several years as a head coach in high school football before taking a job with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002.

In 2017, the Packers ranked 26th in offensive yardage and 21st in scoring, although the absence of quarterback Aaron Rodgers for much of the season undoubtedly had an impact on Green Bay's offensive production.


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