Packers name Browns' Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers

Tyler Owen
January 17, 2018

Mike McCarthy liked the idea of having a former head coach as his defensive coordinator when he hired Dom Capers in 2009.

Just hours after Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday night that the Packers hired Mike Pettine as their defensive coordinator, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Joe Philbin has returned to Green Bay as the Packers' offensive coordinator.

Pettine was later promoted up the ranks in Baltimore to defensive coordinator. Pettine coached the Cleveland Browns to a 10-22 record before being replaced by Hue Jackson.

Ryan first met Pettine when both worked for the Baltimore Ravens 16 seasons ago. He spent the 2013 season as the Bills' defensive coordinator, His unit ranked 10th.

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Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine watches from the sidelines during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 6, 2015. Pettine has sat out the last two seasons, but apparently is ready to coach again in 2018.

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. Green Bay missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and was ranked No. 26 in the National Football League in points allowed.

Philbin returns to Green Bay after spending 10 seasons with the Packers in a variety of assistant roles from 2002-2011.

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