Packers name Browns' Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers

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The Packers will name former Browns coach Mike Pettine their defensive coordinator, according to reports.

Pettine started his head-coaching career with the Browns with a 7-4 record and had the team in sole possession of first place in the AFC North Division in mid-November for the first time ever.

One day after announcing a new general manager, the Packers have reportedly found their new defensive coordinator.

Mike Pettine, now 51 years old, wasn't employed by an National Football League team in 2017 but he did spend the season with the Seattle Seahawks studying their defense.

Pettine then became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2014. He previously worked under Rex Ryan with stops that included the Baltimore Ravens in several defensive roles, and New York Jets and Bills as defensive coordinator.

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. Philbin is expected to replace offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett, who won't return to the team in 2018.

Now he is reunited with Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy, hoping they can reinvigorate a Packers offense that struggled in 2017.

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

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