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Mike Pettine could give Bears’ defense mentor toughness

The Bears’ hiring of former Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to assist first-time defensive coordinator Sean Desai falls under the category of “it can’t hurt.”

It’s hard to tell what the dynamic will be like. When Brad Childress was a senior adviser under coach Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, it seemed like a classic case of too many cooks. Before we could even figure out what exactly Childress did, he was gone.

But Pettine as a senior adviser to Desai has a lot of promise. A veteran and proven NFL defensive coordinator — with head-coaching experience — working with a rookie defensive coordinator who grew up under Vic Fangio has the makings of an effective combination.