Butch Barry

AFC Coaching Notes: Broncos, Jets, Raiders, Titans

Nathaniel Hackett filled two major roles on his coaching staff today, adding Justin Outten as his offensive coordinator and Ejiro Evero as his defensive coordinator. Naturally, the team isn’t finished adding to the staff. The Broncos announced that they’ve hired Butch Barry as their offensive line coach and Klint Kubiak as their passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

Barry served as the 49ers’ assistant offensive line coach this past season. He previously worked with Hackett in Green Bay, with Barry serving as a senior analyst in 2020. The coach has also had stints with the Buccaneers and University of Miami.

Kubiak was the Vikings offensive coordinator in 2020. The song of Gary Kubiak, Klint Kubiak previously worked with the Broncos when he served as offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach between 2016 and 2018.

More coaching notes out of the AFC…

  • A pair of Jets coaches are stepping away from their roles. Senior offensive assistant Matt Cavanaugh won’t be returning to the team in 2022, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini (on Twitter). Cavanaugh joined the team in August to replace the late Greg Knapp, and he primarily played a role in the QB room. Cimini tweets that offensive assistant John Beck also won’t be back in 2022. Beck served as Zach Wilson‘s “personal coach” last season.
  • After serving as an offensive assistant with the Patriots, Bo Hardegree is joining Josh McDaniels‘ staff in Las Vegas. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter), Hardegree has been hired as the Raiders new quarterback coach. Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports (via Twitter) that the Raiders will be retaining receivers coach Edgar Bennett. The former Packers OC was considered for jobs elsewhere.
  • The Titans have hired former Texans defensive line coach Bobby King to be their inside linebackers coach, reports Aaron Wilson. King previously worked with current Titans head coach Mike Vrabel when the two were in Houston, and King will also have another opportunity to coach long-time Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham.

Broncos, O-Line Coach Mike Munchak Likely To Part Ways

The Broncos’ 2021 offensive staff featured two former head coaches, in OC Pat Shurmur and offensive line coach Mike Munchak. Nathaniel Hackett‘s first Denver staff looks like it will feature less experience.

Munchak, Denver’s O-line coach for the past three seasons, is unlikely to return under Hackett, Mike Klis of 9News notes. Although Klis adds one year remains on Munchak’s contract, the zone-blocking scheme Hackett plans to reinstall in Denver does not mesh with the concepts Broncos linemen utilized under Munchak.

[RELATED: Broncos To Interview Packers’ Justin Outten For OC]

Widely regarded as one of the NFL’s top O-line coaches, Munchak has received offers from other teams since the Broncos fired Vic Fangio, Klis adds. Munchak, 61, interviewed for Denver’s HC job in 2019 and ended up joining Fangio’s staff. Although the prospect of Munchak staying on in a different role under Hackett is in play, given his contract status, it appears likely another team will employ him next season. Prior to coming to Denver, Munchak spent five seasons as Pittsburgh’s O-line coach. The Hall of Fame offensive lineman was the Titans’ head coach from 2011-13.

Broncos assistant O-line coach Chris Kuper could move into Munchak’s role, with Klis adding 49ers assistant O-line coach Butch Barry is also expected to be interviewed for the job. Prior to receiving training in Kyle Shanahan‘s offense, Barry spent the 2020 season as a Packers assistant alongside Hackett.

49ers To Add Cory Undlin To Staff

Matt Patricia‘s firing led to his recently hired defensive coordinator relocating for a second time in a year. But Cory Undlin will receive another chance in San Francisco.

The 49ers are hiring the 2020 Lions DC, according to ESPN.com’s Field Yates (on Twitter). He will join fellow ex-coordinator James Bettcher on DeMeco Ryans‘ defensive staff. Undlin will work as San Francisco’s secondary coach, per Yates.

Undlin, 49, spent five seasons as the Eagles’ defensive backs coach but received an upward-mobility opportunity last year. The Lions hired Undlin to replace Paul Pasqualoni but did not improve on defense. While Detroit’s defense ranked last in DVOA, dropping from back-to-back No. 28 finishes under Pasqualoni, it rarely had its full secondary intact and was without top pass rusher Trey Flowers for most of the season.

Prior to Undlin’s move to Philly, he was on John Fox‘s Broncos staff as a DBs coach. He preceded former 49ers assistant Joe Woods in that role. Undlin has been an NFL assistant since 2004.

The 49ers are also hiring Butch Barry as assistant offensive line coach, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com notes. Barry, who was on the Packers’ staff this past season, has bounced between the college and pro levels in recent years. He headed up the Miami Hurricanes’ O-line in 2019 and spent the previous four seasons as the Buccaneers’ assistant OL coach.

NFC North Notes: Packers, Stafford, Bears

Bryan Bulaga did not quite make it to free agency in 2015; the Packers extended their starting right tackle at the 11th hour. This time, he could be on the move. The 10-year veteran is expected to generate immense interest, with Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com tweeting the Bulaga market should come in around $12MM per year. Bulaga signed for five years and $33.75MM five years ago, so this would mark a substantial raise for the veteran. Despite going into his 11th year, Bulaga will only be 31 come Week 1. After more injury trouble surfaced in 2017, he has played in 30 of a possible 32 regular-season games since.

Here is the latest from the NFC North:

  • The Lions appear likely to have their quarterback back in time for OTAs. Matthew Stafford has healed up from the back injury that ended his 2019 season, according to his wife (Instagram link). Kelly Stafford indicated her husband has been healed for several weeks now. Kelly recently refuted a report the Staffords wanted out of Detroit, and GM Bob Quinn said the Lions are not shopping him. While this still figures to be a key year for the longest-tenured starting quarterback in Lions history, Stafford should be able to throw come April.
  • If the Raiders make Derek Carr available, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune expects the Bears to show interest. The Bears are interested in bringing in competition for Mitchell Trubisky; Carr might be overqualified for such a role. The third-place MVP finisher in 2016 posted the NFL’s 10th-best QBR last season — well north of Trubisky, whose 39.5 figure ranked third-to-last. Carr carries a non-guaranteed contract; he is set to earn $18.9MM in 2020 base salary. That price comes in $1.4MM higher than Dalton’s.
  • Do not expect a reunion between the Vikings and Mike Remmers. Even if the team makes left tackle Riley Reiff a cap casualty and moves right tackle Brian O’Neill to that spot, Chris Tomasson notes the Vikings are not expected to be interested in a low-cost Remmers deal (Twitter link). Remmers was Minnesota’s right tackle starter from 2017-18 and will not return to the Giants next season.
  • The Packers recently added to their coaching staff, with Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweeting the team hired Butch Barry as a senior assistant. A Wisconsin native, Barry was the Buccaneers’ assistant offensive line coach from 2015-18. He spent the 2019 season as the Miami Hurricanes’ offensive line coach.
  • Additionally, the Packers promoted second-year staffer Jason Vrable from offensive assistant to wide receivers coach, the team announced. Vrable has not coached a position since serving as the Bills’ assistant QBs coach for part of the 2016 season. Otherwise, he’s spent his career as an offensive assistant or a quality control staffer.

Coaching Notes: LeBeau, Rams, Dolphins

The Titans announced that new coach Dick LeBeau will be “in charge of the defense” while defensive coordinator Ray Horton will “work with him to implement it,” according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean (on Twitter). LeBeau, 77, was originally said to be seeking a defensive coordinator position when he parted ways with the Steelers. He doesn’t exactly have that in Tennessee, but he’ll have plenty of authority with his new club. More coaching news from around the National Football League..

  • Meanwhile, the Titans are promoting Mike Mularkey to assistant head coach on offense, where he’ll be in charge of the team’s run game, according to Wyatt (on Twitter). The Bears requested permission to interview Mularkey for their OC vacancy last month but were denied. The Titans also plan to hire Jason Tucker as assistant receivers coach (link). He was formerly with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
  • Tight ends coach Rob Boras, who lost out to quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti for the Rams‘ offensive coordinator opening, will be elevated to the assistant head coach of the offensive side, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (on Twitter). The formal announcement on both promotions is expected to come next week.
  • Terrell Williams has been named as the Dolphins‘ new defensive line coach, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald (on Twitter). Williams served as the Raiders’ defensive line coach from 2012 through 2014.
  • The Bears announced (on Twitter) that they have hired Stan Drayton as their running backs coach. Drayton spent the last four years at Ohio State and helped them win the national title in 2014.
  • The Buccaneers announced (on Twitter) that they have named former Central Michigan offensive line coach Butch Barry as their new assistant offensive line coach.
  • Rams assistant line coach Clyde Simmons is interviewing for the head defensive line coach job with the Raiders, according to Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch (on Twitter).