New Packers defensive coordinator and former Browns head coach Mike Pettine is back in the NFL after two years away from the sidelines, but he didn’t accept his new role in Green Bay with an eye towards a second head coaching job, as he explained during a press conference earlier today (video link).
“When I was the head coach, I didn’t enjoy the lack of interaction with the actual football part of it,” Pettine said. “I always made the comparison of going from being the teacher to now you’re the principal. As a coordinator [you’re] 90 percent football and 10 percent administrative stuff. That essentially flipped and I didn’t like it.”
Pettine, who posted a 7-9 record with the Browns in 2014 before slipping to 3-13 in 2015, also described himself as “beaten up physically and mentally” after spending two years with Cleveland. He interviewed for the Redskins’ defensive coordinator job last offseason, and then spent the 2017 campaign working as a consultant for the Seahawks.
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