Latest On Packers’ Coaching Staff

The Packers are just about done filling out Matt LaFleur’s inaugural staff. They’ve made a bunch of moves over the past couple of weeks, and made several more today. While LaFleur is keeping defensive coordinator Mike Pettine from Mike McCarthy’s staff, most of the assistants are being changed out. Pettine is staying and the team previously hired Nathaniel Hackett to coordinate the offense, and today they found their third coordinator.

Vanderbilt special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga will take the same job with the Packers, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com (Twitter link). As Demovsky points out, Green Bay’s special teams were some of the worst in the league last year, so Mennenga will have his work cut out for him. Mennenga was previously an assistant special teams coach with the Browns while Pettine was the head coach in Cleveland.

The team also has a new wide receivers coach, as they’re hiring Alvis Whitted, according to Demovsky. Whitted has been in the same position at Colorado State for the last seven years. Before that Whitted spent nearly a decade in the NFL as a player, with stops in Jacksonville and Oakland.

The team also announced they were keeping four of McCarthy’s other assistants, tweets Jason Wilde of ESPN. Running backs coach Ben Sirmans, defensive backs coach Jason Simmons, defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, and assistant defensive backs coach Ryan Downard are all staying. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweets that both Simmons and Downard actually received promotions.

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  1. dugdog83

    Are Packer fans excited about any of these coaching moves? I haven’t heard much of anything

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    • Marytown1

      We were (metaphorically speaking) sick square dancing and ready for a move that would be like getting rid of the long dresses and bonnets and grabbing the girl with Daisy Dukes and a bikini top for a line dance. The old stuff was stale and easy to predict and thus coach against. The players that Ted Thompson drafted his past 5 years didn’t help much either.

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      • dugdog83

        I didn’t expect a response using the words square dance and daisy dukes, but I strangely know exactly what you mean.

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        • crosseyedlemon

          I just hope the “metaphorically speaking” wasn’t added for the benefit of us Bear fans….although I can understand why the Viking and Lion fans might require some clarity.

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    • wrigleyhawkeye

      I don’t think anyone could be worse than Zook.

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    • Phattey

      Nah nobody is excited this team about to be straight butt cheeks honestly the browns probably gunna win more games than us for the next couple of years

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    • byronious

      There’s a sliver of hope for me. But it seems difficult with a new staff. Hopefully FA and the draft go well. If so, then they could contend for a playoff spot next year

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  2. leprechaun

    They will come in last next year in the NFC North. Oh wait I forgot about the Lions maybe they be tied for last.

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  3. Luckybrew

    The Saints just let go of their special teams coach. They went from 25th to 14 in 2017 and 2nd overall last year he would be a good addition to a terrible situation.

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  4. Pack_fan71

    Too early to tell. Pettine finally has his guys for defense, I can only imagine trying to sell his system to Capers staff.

    As for the offense, they are young which goes with the Shanahan system. More concerning to me was the Rams scoring 3 points against the Patriots. Apparently the Patriots had no problem with the illusion of complexity…..

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