Packers Announce Hiring of Former Jets Coach

Packers Finalize 2021 Staff


Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Inexperienced Bay Packers reacts through the second half in opposition to the Detroit Lions at Ford Discipline on December 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.

Matt LaFleur has finalized his third Inexperienced Bay Packers teaching employees, saying Monday night time promotions for 4 of his returning assistants together with the hiring of 4 new faces for the 2021 NFL season.

The Packers rewarded two of their prime 2020 place coaches with title promotions, elevating Jerry Grey to defensive backs/passing recreation coordinator and Adam Stenavich to offensive line/run recreation coordinator. In addition they promoted Rayna Stewart (beforehand particular groups high quality management coach) to assistant particular groups coach and Connor Lewis (offensive high quality management in 2020) to particular groups assistant/recreation administration specialist.

The Packers additionally employed former New York Jets coach John Dunn as a senior analyst, Justin Hood as a defensive high quality management coach and each Ryan Mahaffey and Tim Zetts as offensive high quality management coaches.

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Dunn Bailed on UConn to Take Jets Job

In Dunn, the Packers are gaining a four-year NFL assistant who has spent the previous two years main and creating the Jets’ tight finish room. He was additionally a soccer assistant (2016) and offensive assistant (2017) for the Chicago Bears, giving him some ties to the NFC North.

However one of many extra headline-worthy moments of Dunn’s teaching profession traces again to his yearlong hole between NFL teaching gigs, when he was serving as UConn’s offensive coordinator.

Dunn moved again to the faculty ranks for the 2018 season after leaving Chicago and proved to be such an asset as UConn’s offensive coordinator that head coach Randy Edsall took cash out of his personal pocket to offer Dunn a elevate within the offseason. Dunn added $150,000 in pay and the title of affiliate head coach … however nonetheless walked away lower than a month later to reunite with Adam Gase on the Jets’ employees.

Arduous guilty Dunn for taking his shot at getting again to the NFL stage, however UConn may nonetheless be slightly bitter about the entire ordeal.

No Extra Main Shakeups for Packers

Monday’s strikes added contemporary expertise to among the Packers’ lower-rung teaching positions, however in addition they confirmed neither of their newly-hired coordinators can be making any vital modifications to their roster of assistants for 2021.

Inexperienced Bay had beforehand changed defensive coordinator Mike Pettine with Joe Barry and particular groups coordinator Shawn Mennenga with Maurice Drayton, probably opening the door for both of them to make modifications to their supporting forged. Grey appeared secure contemplating the Packers had thought-about him a candidate to be defensive coordinator, nevertheless it hardly would have been unusual to see Barry commerce in at the least one among his guys.

As an alternative, the largest modifications would be the elevated tasks for 2 of their extra confirmed assistants. Grey will now assist Barry with the Packers’ passing protection in a dynamic that would appear designed to repair among the defensive miscues that burned the workforce of their season-ending loss to Tampa Bay.

Grey had spent six years working with defensive backs on Mike Zimmer’s employees in Minnesota previous to his arrival in Inexperienced Bay final offseason. His steering additionally helped prime Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander attain an All-Professional stage in 2020; although, the regressions of Kevin King and Chandon Sullivan are one thing of a sore spot.

No such points exist for Stenavich, whose management helped the Packers end as the highest pass-blocking offensive line within the league final season. LaFleur’s determination to offer him extra management over the run recreation is smart when you think about his guys are mainly chargeable for clearing the lanes that Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon flooded all through in 2020. The curious half shall be seeing how Stenavich adjusts based mostly on which speeding instruments come and go earlier than the 2021 season arrives.

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