So much of the NFL is about keeping up with what everyone else is doing. And as the Bears have gone about re-shaping their coaching staff, I’ve been waiting for the team to hire a Senior Defensive Assistant — a title that’s grown common around the league and given to an experienced defensive coordinator whose expertise could be useful.
And for the Bears, that title is bestowed on someone familiar with their most fierce rival:
The #Bears have hired former #Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their new senior defensive assistant, sources say. From Green Bay to Chicago, Pettine switches sides in the NFC North and will serve as a veteran sounding board for new DC Sean Desai.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2021
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are hiring Mike Pettine as their Senior Defensive Assistant. Pettine spent the last three years as the Packers’ defensive coordinator. And before that, he had DC stints with the Jets (2009-12) and Bills (2013), as well as a two-year stop with the Browns as their head coach (2014-15). It’s neat having an experienced mind backing first-year defensive coordinator Sean Desai. But more than that, I love getting a guy who KNOWS the Packers inside and out.
For what it’s worth, Green Bay finished in the top half of the league in points in each of the last two years. And improved from 18th to 9th in yards allowed. Things didn’t end well with the Packers’ playoff run ending with Tom Brady tossing some huge touchdowns at Lambeau Field. Then again, that’s the same defense that did almost nothing with three interceptions that might as well have been handed to GB defenders. In other words, I’m glad this is a just fancy title for an experienced football mind who happens to be well-versed in the Bears’ chief rival.
Now, spill the tea, sir…