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Cheese Curds, 1/25: Mike Pettine is happy to be a defensive coordinator again

The Packers’ new DC does not appear at all interested in going back to being a head coach now or in the future.

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As Senior Bowl week rolls along, the Green Bay Packers’ football staff are split in two. The coaching staff was formally introduced on Wednesday, with new coordinators Mike Pettine and Joe Philbin speaking to the media for the first time in Green and Gold.

(Okay, this wasn’t Philbin’s first go-around with Packers media, but it was his first presser of his newest tenure with the team.)

For Pettine, it’s clear that the job he has now is where he feels most comfortable. After “not being able to smell smells and see colors” (his words) following his stint as the Cleveland Browns’ head coach, Pettine can get back to focusing on what he does best: designing a defense.

We broke down some of his comments from his presser yesterday, particularly in relation to his focus on the passing game, but in today’s curds, we’ll look at a few more comments from Pettine and at his background as well.

Mike Pettine poised to rebuild Green Bay Packers defense in his image - ESPN
One of the things that Pettine noted in his press conference on Wednesday is that he did not enjoy the job duties of a head coach, saying that he is much more excited about being a coordinator again and spending more time with his players.

What to know about Mike Pettine |
Perhaps one of the reasons that Pettine and Mike McCarthy hit it off so well is because both are from Pennsylvania. However, Pettine is from Doylestown, not far outside of Philadelphia, while McCarthy is a Pittsburgh guy.

Packers promote former safety Brandian Ross to scouting role |
I know that Brian Gutekunst just said yesterday that the scouting staff will remain static through the draft, but he apparently couldn’t let Ross get away. The former Packers practice squa player started for two seasons in Oakland before his retirement in 2016. Now he’s got a full-time scouting job after spending 2017 as an scouting intern with the Packers.

5 intriguing WRs the Packers could consider in free agency | Packers Wire
Although we at APC have thought about Allen Robinson, a different Jaguars wideout tops this list.

Nick Saban says NFL draft early entrants often not making ‘good decisions’ -
There's something to be said for that. The NFL saw a record number of players leave for the NFL with college eligibility remaining -- 119 in total -- and many of those individuals will go undrafted or see their football careers essentially end immediately.

Al Michaels talks Super Bowl prep, best advice he's received -
Michaels will work his tenth Super Bowl next weekend, a number surpassed only by Pat Summerall's 11. However, he has no designs on retiring any time soon. (As an aside, Michael's best call is not of any play in the Super Bowl, but of course the 1980 US Olympic men's hockey team's victory over the USSR.)