Packers move on from former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine

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The Green Bay Packers will have a new defensive coordinator for the 2021 season. According to Packers Wire, the team and Mike Pettine, who formerly held the same position with the Buffalo Bills, have decided to part ways.

Pettine, 54, only held that title with the Bills in 2013 on Doug Marrone’s coaching staff, but became a popular figure as he turned around a unit that was pretty brutal all across the board. Pettine previously replaced Dave Wannstedt as Buffalo’s DC from 2012.

The Bills finished No. 10 in overall defense under Pettine and had the No. 4 pass defense. In addition, Buffalo had 57 sacks that year, second-most in the NFL.

Pettine climbed that success to a head coaching job with the Cleveland Brown in 2014 and 2015. He eventually was then brought back in the DC fold with the Packers in 2018 until this past weekend.

In one final interesting twist, ESPN names Packers defensive backs coach Jerry Gray as a leading candidate to replace Pettine on Matt LaFleur’s staff. Gray was Buffalo’s defensive coordinator from 2001-2005.

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