Packers Fire Associate Head Coach Winston Moss

Joe Philbin has made his first move as interim head coach. The Packers announced that they’ve “parted ways” with associate head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that it was Philbin’s decision to make the move.

“We thank Winston for his contributions to the Packers over the past 13 years,” said Philbin. “We hope for the best for Winston and his family moving forward.”

Following an 11-year playing career, Moss joined the Seahawks as a defensive quality control assistant back in 1998. He spent half-a-decade with the Saints before moving on to the Packers, where he had been coaching since 2006. Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy promoted Moss to assistant head coach in 2007, and Moss was the only major defensive coach to keep his job following mass firings after the 2008 campaign.

Moss has played a major role in developing many of the Packers’ notable linebackers, including Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and A.J. Hawk. Moss also earned praise for transitioning Julius Peppers to a 3-4 outside linebacker. The 52-year-old coached Team Irvin during the 2016 Pro Bowl, and he interviewed for the Lions head coaching gig this past offseason.

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12 comments on “Packers Fire Associate Head Coach Winston Moss

  1. wettle

    I think I’d keep Pettine. He’s had injuries all over on that defense.

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  2. tammelinb

    Making public tweets against firing McCarthy just says he wanted to be fired.
    Call it loyalty to MM, but it’s disloyal to the Packers mgmt

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  3. Kenleyfornia74

    Philbin out here acting like he is the long term guy. Only Pettine is a lock to stay

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    • taylorcm

      With what Pettine has dealt with injury wise he has done a pretty darn good job. I say he sticks around. Maybe the pack gets a tandem McDaniels & Pettine might work out pretty dang well.,
      Now we have to draft a pass rusher & most likely a Tackle, bulaga is done, & I dong know if springs is the answer.

      Gotta have more talent, with 2 #1 picks they need to make the most of them.

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      • Kenleyfornia74

        There is no chance they hire a defensive HC which all but secures him staying put

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      • twentyforty

        Pettine is average at best. Nothing special at all. The injury excuse is weak. Even when healthy the defense wasn’t anything impressive.

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        • Saint

          You do realize they are 13th in the league right? Last year they were 22nd and didn’t have nearly the amount of injuries, nor the amount of change over, and also didn’t play as many rookies.

          I would curb your comments if you don’t know anything about the situation.

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  4. crosseyedlemon

    Based on the article pic, I would say the next stop for Winston will be the Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.

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