Mike Pettine

Michael Mark Pettine (born September 25, 1966) is an American football coach and former player who is 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
Candid waist-up photograph of Pettine wearing a grey pullover bearing a Cleveland Browns logo and dark sunglasses standing on a football field
Pettine in 2014
Green Bay Packers
Position:Defensive Coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1966-09-25) September 25, 1966 (age 54)
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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

High schoolEdit

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 LeagueEdit

Baltimore RavensEdit

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

New York JetsEdit

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 BillsEdit

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

Cleveland BrownsEdit

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 general manager Ray Farmer. Pettine went 10–22 in his two seasons as Cleveland's head coach, losing 18 of his final 21 games.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

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

Green Bay PackersEdit

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

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 2014 7 9 0 .438 4th in AFC North
CLE 2015 3 13 0 .188 4th in AFC North
Total 10 22 0 .313 0 0 .000


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 26, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b Caldwell, Dave. "Coach Inhabits Ryan's Shadow on Defense," The New York Times, Wednesday, January 19, 2011.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Gantt, Darin (January 9, 2013). "Bills hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (January 23, 2014). "Mike Pettine hired as Cleveland Browns' next coach". NFL Network. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  6. ^ "Packers.com, the official website of the Green Bay Packers". www.packers.com. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "Packers hire Joe Philbin, Mike Pettine as coordinators". NFL.com.

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