The Green Bay Packers filled their vacant defensive coordinator position on Tuesday by hiring former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, per league sources.


As the Browns head coach, Pettine had a 10-22 record. This will not be Mike Pettine’s first time calling defensive plays, as he had a significant role in Rex Ryan’s No. 1 ranked Jets’ defense in 2009, in addition to being the Bills’ defensive coordinator in 2013.

Other candidates for Green Bay’s defensive coordinator position included current Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, and current Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. There were also three members within the Packers organization up for consideration: safeties coach Darren Perry, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr., and assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss.

The addition of Mike Pettine comes with high hopes for a Green Bay defense that struggled in the later parts of the season. They finished 22nd in yards allowed per game, giving up an average of 348.9. Green Bay also finished 29th in points allowed per game, allowing an average of 24.

The hiring of Mike Pettine fills the last major position for the Packers. Brian Gutekunst was hired as general manager, Joe Philbin was hired as offensive coordinator and now Mike Pettine is the new defensive coordinator.