Mike Pettine is the defensive coordinator.
However, Pettine's defenses finished 20th in the league in points allowed in each of the next three years, and the 2015 Browns were 29th in points allowed and 27th in yards allowed.
The expectation is that the Green Bay Packers will hire the former Browns head coach to serve as defensive coordinator.
New Packers GM Brian Gutekunst differs from his predecessor with his plans to be more active in the free-agent market and more open with the media.
Pettine, who spent 2017 as a defensive consultant with the Seattle Seahawks, made a name for himself as Rex Ryan's protege with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. He spent the 2013 season as the Bills' defensive coordinator, His unit ranked 10th.More news: Justin Timberlake infuriates Dylan Farrow with Woody Allen 'hypocrisy' at Golden Globes
"According to ESPN, McCarthy also asked permission to interview the Chargers' Gus Bradley and the Bears" Vic Fangio for the defensive coordinator job. Pettine was working in the team's video department before Ryan elevated him to a position coach.
The blitz-heavy 3-4 scheme Pettine employs is similar to Capers', which should give the Packers defense a slightly easier time adjusting to his system.
That should end soon as they hire a guy who loves to bring pressure and who's defenses regularly finish in the top ten.
That's the fourth time it has finished in the bottom third of the National Football League in the past seven years, including a dead-last ranking in 2011. The Packers have finished outside the top 15 in the defensive rankings six of the past seven years.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy announced last week the team would interview Packers assistants Winston Moss, Darren Perry and Joe Whitt for the job. None had any coordinator experience.