Report: Mike Pettine joining Bears as senior defensive assistant

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It looks like Mike Pettine will be sticking around the NFC North.

The Bears have hired the former Packers defensive coordinator as a senior defensive assistant, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. He’ll serve as an experienced sounding board for new defensive coordinator Sean Desai.

Pettine was Green Bay’s defensive coordinator from 2018-2020, predating head coach Matt LaFleur’s arrival by a year. Pettine’s contract expired at the end of the 2020 season and was not renewed.

Pettine was the Browns head coach from 2014-2015, compiling a 10-22 record. He has also served as the Jets and Bills defensive coordinator.