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Mike Pettine to be Packers' defensive coordinator

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The Green Bay Packers are one of three NFC North teams overhauling their coaching staff this offseason, and for a while speculation was that they might do so by poaching the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator to fill the same position in Green Bay.

It appears that the Green Bay Packers are nearing the final steps to having their new defensive coordinator to replace Dom Capers.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy interviewed Pettine for the defensive coordinator's job Tuesday.

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As the Browns head coach, Pettine had a 10-22 record. His defenses finished in the top 10 for takeaways during five of his seven years as a defensive coordinator or head coach. He was a defensive coordinator for the Bills and Jets prior to his stint with Cleveland.

As a result, Pettine's potential hiring may have caused a ripple effect.

The addition of Mike Pettine comes with high hopes for a Green Bay defense that struggled in the later parts of the season. He became the head coach of the Carolina Panthers in 1995. During his first year, the Jets finished first in points and yards allowed. He went 7-9 in his first year in Cleveland but was sacked after a 3-13 season in 2015. The Los Angeles Chargers will reportedly hold onto defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, another potential candidate Nagy may have had interest in.

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