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Mike Pettine

Assistant Head Coach


Mike Pettine (PETT-in), having worked with Head Coach Kevin O'Connell twice in his career - once when O'Connell was a player with the New York Jets and once when they both coached at Cleveland - enters his first season with the Minnesota Vikings as the assistant head coach and 20th overall in the NFL. Pettine, who spent the 2021 season as the senior defensive assistant for the Chicago Bears, brings 28 seasons of overall coaching experience to the staff, stemming in the high school, collegiate and professional ranks.

In 2021, Pettine helped get the Chicago defense back to the top 10 in total defense, finishing the season as the sixth-ranked unit, allowing only 316.7 yards per game. Under Pettine's guidance, pass rusher Robert Quinn finished second in sacks (18.5) and Roquan Smith finished fifth in the league in total tackles (163). Chicago's defense also recorded 49 sacks on the season, the fourth-most in the league.

In his final season in Green Bay, Pettine helped the Packers to the NFC Championship Game, leading a defense that ranked No. 7 in the NFL in passing yards allowed (221.2) and No. 9 in total yards allowed (334.0) in 2020. The Packers also ranked third in fewest plays allowed of 20+ yards, eighth in red zone scoring efficiency (57.7%) and tied for 10th in sacks (41). Following the season, edge rusher Za'Darius Smith and cornerback Jaire Alexander were named Second-Team All-Pro by The Associated Press.