Mike Pettine

Michael Mark Pettine (born September 25, 1966) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 2014 to 2015, and has also served as the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

Mike Pettine
Pettine in 2014
Green Bay Packers
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1966-09-25) September 25, 1966
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school:Central Bucks (PA) West
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season:NFL: 10–22 (.313)
Coaching stats at PFR

Playing career

Pettine earned all-state honors as a quarterback and defensive back at Central Bucks High School West. The head coach was his father, Mike Pettine, Sr., who is renowned in Pennsylvania for compiling a record of 326–42–4 in 33 seasons and winning four state championships.[1][2]

Pettine played free safety at the University of Virginia graduating in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Coaching career

High school

Pettine coached high school football in Pennsylvania at North Penn and William Tennent high schools after working as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh (1993–1994). He also spent four years as an assistant coach under his father at Central Bucks West High School. In 1999, a New York Times TV crew documented the North Penn football season for ESPN in a film titled The Season. The TV show consisted of two separate hours and followed the team behind the scenes during the 1999 season and highlighted the rivalry between North Penn and Central Bucks West.[2]

National Football League

Baltimore Ravens

Pettine joined the Ravens in 2001 and was promoted to OLB's coach in 2005 when Rex Ryan became defensive coordinator.

New York Jets

Pettine, as Rex Ryan's "right-hand man", reportedly received a three-year deal to lead the Jets defense. Pettine has been credited with contributing strongly to the Jets number one defense in the NFL in 2009. His tenure with the Jets ended after the 2012 season, with the expiration of his contract.[3]

Buffalo Bills

Pettine was hired to be the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills on January 9, 2013.[4]

Cleveland Browns

Pettine was hired to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns on January 23, 2014.[5]Pettine started 7-4 in the 2014 season, but the Browns lost their final 5 games to finish at 7-9. The Browns were 3-13 the following season. On January 3, 2016, the same day the Browns lost their last game of the season to finish 3–13, Pettine was fired, along with GM Ray Farmer. Pettine went 10–22 in his two seasons as Cleveland's head coach, losing 18 of his final 21 games.

Seattle Seahawks

In 2017, Pettine worked as a consultant for the Seattle Seahawks.[6]

Green Bay Packers

On January 10, 2018, Pettine was hired as defensive coordinator by the Green Bay Packers.[7]

Head coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
CLE2014 790.4384th in AFC North
CLE2015 3130.1884th in AFC North

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Pettine has served:

Brian BillickBaltimore Ravens2002–2007
John HarbaughBaltimore Ravens2008
Rex RyanNew York Jets2009–2012
Doug MarroneBuffalo Bills2013
Mike McCarthyGreen Bay Packers2018
Matt LaFleurGreen Bay Packers2019–present

Assistant coaches under Pettine whom became NFL or NCAA head coaches:

Kyle ShanahanSan Francisco 49ers2017–present
Jeff HafleyBoston College2020–present


  1. Caldwell, Dave. "Coach Inhabits Ryan's Shadow on Defense," The New York Times, Wednesday, January 19, 2011.
  2. Martin, Kimberly (January 8, 2012). "Jets have to hire two coordinators as Tony Sparano, Mike Pettine won't be back". Newsday. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  3. Gantt, Darin (January 9, 2013). "Bills hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  4. Rosenthal, Gregg (January 23, 2014). "Mike Pettine hired as Cleveland Browns' next coach". NFL Network. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  5. Rapaport, Daniel (January 9, 2018). "Report: Former Browns HC Mike Pettine to Become Packers Defensive Coordinator". si.com. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  6. "Packers hire Joe Philbin, Mike Pettine as coordinators". NFL.com.
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