Report: Packers have their new quarterbacks coach

The Green Bay Packers have a new quarterbacks coach and the name should be familiar to fans.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported Monday night that new coach Matt LaFleur had decided to bring back Luke Getsy to oversee the signal callers, including two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers.

Getsy spent last season as the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State, but was with Green Bay for four seasons prior to that. He was an offensive quality control coach for his first two seasons and then was in charge of the wide receivers in his final two years.

While the 34-year-old Getsy did play quarterback in college at Akron, he’s spent only two years coaching the position, doing so at Division II Indiana (Penn.) in 2011 and 2012. However, Getsy did develop a relationship with Rodgers during his time with the Packers and it’s believed the veteran will be pleased with the choice.

Getsy is the latest young coach added to the offensive staff by LaFleur, who is just 39 himself. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is 39 as well, while the man reportedly set to oversee the offensive line, Adam Stenavich, is 35.

Here’s the latest look at how the coaching staff is shaping up:

Head coach: Matt LaFleur
Offensive coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett
Defensive coordinator: Mike Pettine
Quarterbacks coach: Luke Getsy (Rob Demovsky)
Running backs coach: Ben Sirmans (Rob Demovsky)
Wide receivers coach:
Tight ends coach: Justin Outten (Tom Silverstein)
Offensive line coach: Adam Stenavich (Maiocco)
Defensive line coach: Jerry Montgomery (Rob Demovsky)
Linebackers coach: Kirk Olivadotti (Owczarski)
Secondary coach:

Packers add to coaching staff

New Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur’s first coaching staff is starting to come together.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, the club is expected to hire Adam Stenavich to coach its offensive line. Stenavich has spent the last two seasons as the assistant offensive line coach with the San Francisco 49ers. Prior to that he was the offensive line coach at Northern Arizona and San Jose State.

A Wisconsin native, Stenavich had a scholarship offer to play along the offensive line for the Badgers coming out of Marshfield but chose Michigan instead. He started 39 games at left tackle for the Wolverines and was a first-team All-Big Ten pick in 2004 and 2005.

Stenavich spent time with four NFL teams, including being a part of the Packers practice squad in 2006 and 2007.

At just 35 years old, Stenavich takes over for James Campen, who was widely respected among his players and the NFL. After not being retained by the Packers, he was quickly hired by Cleveland to oversee its offensive line.

Meanwhile, PackersNews.com’s Jim Owczarski reported Friday night that former Washington coach Kirk Olivadotti will be hired as linebackers coach. He was with the Redskins from 2000 to 2010 in various roles before becoming the linebackers coach for Georgia for three years. He returned to Washington in 2014 and has been coaching the linebackers there since.

Based on various reports, here is what the Packers coaching staff looks like right now:

Head coach: Matt LaFleur
Offensive coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett
Defensive coordinator: Mike Pettine
Quarterbacks coach:
Running backs coach: Ben Sirmans (Rob Demovsky)
Wide receivers coach:
Tight ends coach: Brian Angelichio (Tom Silverstein)
Offensive line coach: Adam Stenavich (Maiocco)
Defensive line coach: Jerry Montgomery (Rob Demovsky)
Linebackers coach: Kirk Olivadotti (Owczarski)
Secondary coach:

Packers make offensive coordinator hire official

Matt LaFleur has made his first outside coaching hire.

The new Green Bay Packers coach announced Wednesday that he’d tabbed Nathaniel Hackett as his offensive coordinator,

Hackett was most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars as their offensive coordinator. After coming to within one game of the Super Bowl in 2017, the team fell flat this past season and it led to Hackett being fired after 11 games. Prior stops include being the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and holding the same position in college at Syracuse (2011-12).

Before being fired in Jacksonville, Hackett’s offenses was averaging just 17.1 points per game. In the final five games of the year the Jaguars put up 9.6 points per game.

The 39-year-old’s family does have history in the NFL. His father is Paul Hackett, a long-time college and professional coach, most recently serving as the quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2010. Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy was on Hackett’s staff at Pittsburgh for four years (1989-1992).

With Nathaniel Hackett’s hire, and keeping Mike Pettine on, LaFleur has his offensive and defensive coordinators in place. He must still fill out his position coaches and find a new special teams coach.

Packers: HC Matt LaFleur confirms DC Mike Pettine will be retained

Mike Pettine is sticking around.

New Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed earlier reports that Pettine would be retained as defensive coordinator.

“I had a chance to sit down with him yesterday and really go through a lot of different things,” LaFleur told Adam Schein on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Friday. “I think we share a common vision. I’m really excited to see this defense take off in year two of his system.”

Pettine was brought in by former coach Mike McCarthy prior to last season. Though the team allowed more yards and points than in 2017, there were fewer communication problems and blown assignments. That was despite the defense being devastated by injuries, with six projected starters ending the season on injured reserve and another being traded.

LaFleur’s decision wasn’t solely based on having continuity on that side of the ball. He also pointed to Pettine’s history as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for two seasons.

“The thing that’s so attractive about Mike, to me, was here’s a guy that’s been a head coach in the National Football League,” said LaFleur, who hasn’t been a head coach before. It’s going to be somebody that I can lean on because there’s going to be circumstances that come up that maybe I haven’t been through. [I’m] really excited to have Mike as part of our staff.”

With Pettine back, it likely means several defensive assistants could be staying as well.

As for the other side of the ball, former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was in Green Bay to interview for that same position, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

LaFleur is also expected to interview Todd Monken for the job, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. He was most recently with Tampa Bay Buccaneers and actually was one of the 10 candidates interviewed for the Packers head coaching job.

Packers turn to Matt LaFleur to lead them back to the top of the NFL

GREEN BAY — Mark Murphy knew almost immediately that he liked Matt LaFleur. The Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator had an air of confidence to him but it mixed with the kind of humbleness Murphy was looking for in a new coach for the Green Bay Packers. But when the Sunday interview in Nashville was done, and LaFleur asked Murphy, the team’s president and CEO, for a timeline on a decision, Murphy tried to hide his excitement.

“I gave him some bulls— [answer],” Murphy remembered on Wednesday. “‘Well, you know, I believe in hire slowly. We’re gonna move forward with all deliberate speed. We’ll get back to you.’ Then when he left, that’s when we started saying, ‘I liked him. Did you like him?’ We all liked him. [We offered him] the very next day.”

The 39-year-old LaFleur accepted, and in doing so became the 15th coach in the history of a franchise that just played its 100th year of football. But even the acceptance had some drama.

“I called him on the phone,” Murphy said. “I said, ‘Matt, I’m really excited. I want to offer you the position as our head coach.’ And it went kind of quiet. I though, ‘Oh, jeez, did the connection break?’ And the first thing Matt said was, ‘I’m speechless.’”

And on LaFleur’s end?

“When I tell you I was speechless, I was speechless,” the Mount Pleasant, Mich. native said. “There’s just so much tradition here. And I can’t think of a greater place to be a head coach in this league, and really in all of sports. This is a dream come true for me.”

Murphy and the search committee, which included general manager Brian Gutekunst and director of football operations Russ Ball, ended up interviewing 10 candidates after firing Mike McCarthy following an embarrassing loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 2. It included two during the season, one with interim coach Joe Philbin last Wednesday and then seven in a three-day stretch that covered four cities. But it wasn’t until the last interview with LaFleur that they really perked up.

“Pretty immediately there was an ease and a confidence [with LaFleur],” Gutekunst said. “The vision that he had was in line with my vision and our vision. It just became more apparent, with what we were trying to accomplish with this hire, he was the guy.”

Part of what they were trying to accomplish came from feedback gathered by a leadership council made up of nine players from the different position groups, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers. While there was plenty said in that meeting, one thing really stuck with Murphy.

“I think they wanted somebody that would hold players accountable,” Murphy said. “[They] talked a little bit about how they felt a complacency had set in among some players and coaches. That was something that, as we went through the process, that was kind of in the back of my mind. [Was] there something we could do to shake people up so we don’t have the complacency.”

It’s been a meteoric rise for LaFleur, a college quarterback at Division 2 Saginaw Valley State. He earned his first NFL job in 2008 as a quality control coach with the Houston Texans. That was followed by four years (2010-2013) as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins. He spent a year (2014) at Notre Dame coaching the quarterbacks before coming back to the NFL to do the same thing in 2015 and 2016 with the Atlanta Falcons.

In 2017, he took a job as the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams and his profile took a big step up with the development of quarterback Jared Goff. Instead of staying with what was the up-and-coming offense and team in the NFC, he moved on to the Titans where he got to call plays for the first time. They weren’t overly successful on offense, but his willingness to put himself out there stood out to the Packers, who were the only team to interview him.

“If he’d stayed in LA, with the kind of year they had this year, he’d be the hot candidate,” Murphy said. “He’d be flying all over the country talking to everybody. I think the experience he had in Tennessee, no doubt, that’s made him a better coach. We think he’s absolutely ready to be a head coach.”

LaFleur takes over a team that missed the playoffs for a second straight year for the first time since 1991-1992. That it came with Rodgers playing all 16 games made it impossible for McCarthy to stick around. But now LaFleur is being tasked with helping the Packers get the most out of what are likely the final four or so years of Rodgers’ Hall of Fame career. And though Murphy said prior to the search process that Rodgers would not have a role in finding his next coach, Green Bay did have the two-time MVP speak with LaFleur before offering him the job.

“I can not wait to get to work with him,” LaFleur said. “I think he’s equally as excited.”

Rodgers is just four years younger than his new head coach, and after playing 14 years in the NFL it seems like a tough ask for LaFleur to be able to get him to change his ways. But Rodgers has said in the past that he wants to be coached and LaFleur does have some experience dealing with a veteran quarterback, having helped Matt Ryan to an MVP season in 2016 with Atlanta.

“I’m going to draw back on that experience,” LaFleur said. “Again, it comes down to developing that relationship, that trust, especially with a quarterback. Honestly, I’m not going to have any preconceived notions moving forward. I just want to try to develop the best relationship with Aaron because he’s a key piece to the puzzle and a key reason why we’re going to get to where we want to go.”

The idea of where they want to go was used often during the 45-minute press conference. They want to get back to winning. They want to get back to the playoffs. And they want to get another Lombardi Trophy in the building.

“There’s one goal here,” Gutekunst said. “Always has been one goal. That’s to win world championships.”

Packers hire Titans OC Matt LaFleur as head coach

The Green Bay Packers have a new head coach.

The team announced late Tuesday night it had hired Tennessee offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, it’s a four-year deal.

“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers,” said team president and CEO Mark Murphy in press release. “We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football. We’re also excited about the person—he is bright with a great work ethic and a perfect fit for Green Bay and the organization.”

LaFleur was one of at least nine candidates to interview for the position, doing so on Sunday with the Packers search committee that included Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst.

“Matt is smart, organized and has a great vision for the path forward for our team,” Gutekunst said in the release. “His values and personality fit the culture of our organization. He has a tremendous ability to build relationships on multiple levels, which is a very important aspect in leading a football team.”

The 39-year-old LaFleur just completed his first season with the Titans. Prior stops included being the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and the quarterbacks coach with the Atlanta Falcons for two years (2015-16) and the Washington Redskins for three years (2010-2013).

LaFleur has experience working under Rams’ coach Sean McVay and San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, two of the more highly thought of offensive minds in the NFL.

This will be LaFleur’s first head coaching job, which is in line with the two most recent coaches to lead the Packers to Super Bowl titles — Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy.

According to Demovsky, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will be kept on for another year.

Here’s some reaction to the move:

Tracking Green Bay’s coaching search

With the 2018 season in the books, the Green Bay Packers can turn their full attention to finding a new head coach.

To help you keep track of the search, we’ll be continually updating a list of the potential candidates and their status as team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst look for former coach Mike McCarthy’s replacement.

Reports indicate the Packers could interview as many as 10 to 12 coaches for the job, though the urgency will likely increase a bit with there now being eight head coach vacancies in the league.

In addition to the names listed below, interim coach Joe Philbin is expected to interview for the job.

Here’s what we’ve got so far:

Candidates the Packers have interviewed:

Former Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano (Tom Silverstein)
Former Indianapolis and Detroit coach Jim Caldwell (ProFootballTalk.com)
New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (Rob Demovsky)
New England defensive coordinator Brian Flores (Jason LaCanfora)
New Orleans tight ends coach Dan Campbell (Albert Breer)
New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. (Albert Breer)
Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Todd Monken (Jeremy Fowler)
Tennessee offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur (Rob Demovsky)
Former Miami coach Adam Gase (Rob Demovsky)

Candidates the Packers have set interviews for:

Candidates the Packers have asked to interview:

Pittsburgh offensive line coach Mike Munchak (Tom Silverstein)

Candidates the Packers tried to target:

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald (Ian Rapoport)

The Packers, among other teams, were interested in Fitzgerald but his agent ended any speculation about a potential move Thursday night, telling reporters the coach intends to stay at Northwestern. (Silverstein)

Packers end the season with 31-0 loss to Detroit

GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers ended a disappointing 2018 season in embarrassing fashion by getting stomped 31-0 at home by the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

“Certainly they were the better coached team today, the better prepared team,” interim coach Joe Philbin said afterwards. “They played better, they coached better and that’s why the scoreboard reads like it (does).”

Playing without injured wide receiver Davante Adams, Green Bay went three-and-out on its first three possessions and then lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a concussion. He finished the day 3 of 5 for 26 yards before giving way to DeShone Kizer. The second-year passer wasn’t able to get much going either as the Packers were shut out at home for a third time since last November.

Defensively, Green Bay allowed 402 yards, including giving up 93 yards and a touchdown to backup running back Zach Zenner. Wide receiver Brandon Powell had 103 yards receiving, while fellow wideout T.J. Jones had a pair of touchdown catches.

Even the special teams, which have been far from special this year, got in on the disaster, allowing kicker Matt Prater to throw a touchdown on a fake field goal in the second quarter.

All of it led to the third-worst home shutout for the Packers since 1940 and sends them to an offseason that’s likely to set the groundwork for the final years of Rodgers’ career, including finding a new head coach.

Philbin, who team president Mark Murphy said would be a candidate for the job, declined to say when or if he would interview for the opening. The team has already reportedly interviewed former head coaches in Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano, and have reportedly reached out to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Green Bay must also make decisions on several veteran players. Linebacker Clay Matthews, wide receiver Randall Cobb and defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson are among 12 players that are unrestricted free agents.

Reports: Packers have interviewed two potential replacements for Mike McCarthy

The Green Bay Packers have interviewed at least two potential replacements for former head coach Mike McCarthy.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell was interviewed for the opening, while the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein reported former Colts coach Chuck Pagano was also interviewed.

Caldwell, a native of Beloit, did not coach this season after getting let go following four years with the Lions, where he went 36-28 and went to the playoffs twice. It was the second head coaching stint for the 63-year-old, as he spent three years with the Colts, going 26-22. He guided them to the Super Bowl in 2009 but an injury to future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning prior to the 2011 season led to a 2-14 year and his dismissal.

In addition to his NFL head coaching experience, Caldwell was a longtime assistant in the college ranks before overseeing the Wake Forest program from 1993 to 2000. His first NFL gig came with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001 as the quarterbacks coach.

Pagano actually replaced Caldwell in Indianapolis and helped turn the Colts back into winners with quarterback Andrew Luck. They went 11-5 in 2012, though the 58-year-old Pagano missed 12 games while battling cancer. They went 11-5 the next two years and made the playoffs before dropping to 8-8 in 2015 and 2016. With an injury to Luck, the Colts went 4-12 last season and Pagano was fired.

Packers 44, Jets 38 (OT): 2-minute drill

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Aaron Rodgers hit Davante Adams on a 16-yard touchdown to give the Green Bay Packers an improbable 44-38 comeback win in overtime over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Game Balls

Offense: Jamaal Williams

Rodgers proved to be the star, but Williams’ played a huge role in Green Bay avoiding a winless 2018 on the road. Starting in place of an injured Aaron Jones, the second-year back ran for a season-high 95 yards on just 15 carries and scored a second quarter touchdown. He added 61 yards on six catches to account for 156 yards on a total of 21 touches. That kind of production from your backup running back is off the charts impressive.

Defense: Blake Martinez

It was not a great day defensively for Green Bay, but the starting linebacker made a huge play in a key moment. Trailing by 15 early in the fourth quarter, Martinez shot through the line to sack Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold on third-and-3. It forced a punt and helped jump start the Packers comeback. Martinez finished with seven tackles and one tackle for loss.

Special Teams: Mason Crosby

In another forgettable effort by the special teams, Crosby was a bright spot. He hit all three of his field goals and is now at 81.1 percent on the year. That’s pretty remarkable considering his meltdown in Detroit when he missed four kicks. Take that game out and Crosby is 29-for-33 this season.

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“That it matters. That even when the record isn’t great and you’re not going to the playoffs, it still matters. That I have a lot of pride. I love competing in anything. Like I said on the field after the game, I don’t want to look back in 20 years and wonder what if I played that game, could something special have happened? And what would it have looked like to my teammates if they knew I quit on them? So I hope my teammates know I’m never going to quit on them. I’m going to battle through anything I’ve got and they did the same.”

— Aaron Rodgers on what he thought he proved by playing in the game despite being out of playoff contention

In Case You Missed It

— Left tackle David Bakhtiari, right guard Lucas Patrick and right tackle Bryan Bulaga were slow to get up after almost every play down the stretch. All three were battling various injuries.

— Jets’ defensive end Leonard Williams was ejected in the second quarter for throwing a punch at Bulaga.

— Rodgers ran for what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown in overtime and did his trademark “belt” celebration. Only one problem…it was called back on a penalty. No worry, the Packers would score on the next play.

Injuries

— G Lane Taylor: Knee (did not return)
— CB Jaire Alexander: Groin (did not return)
— CB Tramon Williams: head (returned)
— WR Equanimous St. Brown: head (did not return)
— DL Fadol Brown: toe (did not return)

Inside the Numbers

442 — That’s how many yards Rodgers threw for on Sunday. It tied a season-high and it matched the second-most he’s thrown for in a game.

2 — That’s how many rushing touchdowns Rodgers had on Sunday. It was hist first two-touchdown performance since 2013.

11 — That’s how many catches wide receiver Davante Adams had on the day. It leaves him 111 on the year, one short of Sterling Sharpe’s single-season franchise record.

169 — That was the combined receiving yardage of Green Bay’s rookie wide outs — Equanimeous St. Brown (94) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

What’s Next

Green Bay (6-8-1) closes out the season at home against the Detroit Lions (5-10) on Sunday at noon.