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Mike Pettine to be Packers' defensive coordinator
February 21 2018, 05:31 | Van Peters
ESPN.com: Mike Pettine to be Packers' defensive coordinator
Packers now preparing to hire former Browns' HC Mike Pettine as their defensive coordinator, per league source.
It was reported earlier in the week that Philbin was interviewing with his former team and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Philbin will be the new offensive coordinator.
Picking Mike Pettine as the team's next defensive coordinator will allow the Green Bay Packers to start filling out his staff of assistant coaches. Additionally, Pettine was a coaching assistant with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-2003), as well as Baltimore's assistant defensive line coach (2004) and outside linebackers coach (2005-2008).
Graham spent the last two years as the Giants defensive line coach. His Jets defenses ranked first, third, fifth and eighth. Pettine then moved on to serve as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2013.
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. The Packers fired Capers on January 1 after Green Bay finished 22nd in total defense. Ryan also worked with Pettine as the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets from 2009-2012.
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.