A former division foe is joining the Chicago Bears.
The team announced the hiring of Mike Pettine to be the new senior defensive assistant on Wednesday, first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
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
Pettine spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. In 2020, the Packers defense finished as a top-10 unit in total yards allowed, yards-per-game allowed and passing yards allowed. After Green Bay was eliminated in the NFC championship game, Pettine’s contract wasn’t renewed and the Packers hired Joe Barry as his replacement.
The veteran coach, who has been in the NFL since 2002, joins new Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai’s staff and will be a key presence for the defensive coaching staff.
When news of Pettine’s hire broke, Twitter had immediate reactions to the Bears newest assistant.
Interesting hire. 🤔
Turning to the enemy 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/FCHbVnBKun
— Bear Goggles On (@BearGogglesOn) February 10, 2021
Big big fan of this move. Think very highly of what Pettine had been doing in GB. https://t.co/PvbtIe048j
— Butkus Stats & Analytics (@ButkusStats) February 10, 2021
Packers fans made Pettine out to be way worse than he actually was.
I like him here as an assistant. Remember, he’s not even gonna be calling plays 😂
Stop freaking out for no reason https://t.co/gJFiyi249H
— DaWindyCity Productions (@DawindycityP) February 10, 2021
— Ozzy the Brewmeister 🍺 (@BrewmeisterOz) February 10, 2021
Bears hiring Mike Pettine to definitely not tell them how the Packers defense works is some A+ gamesmanship right there.
Not a shocker they brought him on as a “Defensive assistant” as they enter a win now year 😉
— Robert Schmitz (@robertkschmitz) February 10, 2021
Not a bad hire for a guy who knows football and defense. He won’t be leading the way so that’s good. Another set of eyes is fine. He got the best out of some guys in GB. https://t.co/0FJ7wK2Ml4
— Jake (@BigDaddyG633) February 10, 2021
Interesting hire for many different reasons. https://t.co/zXbF4q2fTv
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) February 10, 2021
Jaylon Johnson about to go OFF https://t.co/apMzB1y3oJ
— David Howman (@_DH44_) February 10, 2021
Just don’t get make him in charge of the run defense…😂 https://t.co/ZcxM3BR4Qn
— Tommy Dobbs (@Tommy_Dobbs) February 10, 2021
Super solid move to surround Desai with someone with experience in the role. Can only help him moving forward. https://t.co/0qFx7q5XlQ
— Matt Carstensen (@BearsNerd) February 10, 2021
— Jay-Rex (@AtrocitusRex) February 10, 2021
— Brandon Robinson (@BRobNFL) February 10, 2021
Well, that adds another layer to the rivalry in 2021 … https://t.co/cTcVt435AA
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) February 10, 2021
Bears getting the Packers hand me downs again. Little brothers https://t.co/C6e11Q1p1d
— Alex (@twltterfingers1) February 10, 2021
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) February 10, 2021