GREEN BAY, Wis. — It took Matt LaFleur solely per week to make two of his most essential hires as the Packers’ new head coach.
The primary one he made upon taking the job, when he retained defensive coordinator Mike Pettine from the earlier Green Bay workers.
The second got here Monday, when he wrapped up a take care of former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to maintain the identical place with the Packers. A supply confirmed that Hackett and LaFleur had reached settlement, as NFL Community first reported.
New Packers coach Matt LaFleur stated Wednesday he’ll lean on his expertise as Matt Ryan’s former quarterbacks coach in Atlanta as he develops a relationship with Aaron Rodgers and appears to revive the previous Tremendous Bowl champion’s MVP type.
LaFleur acquired off to an attention-grabbing begin with Ryan, however they developed “an incredible relationship,” and the Packers are relying on the identical with Rodgers.
The one main coordinator place that continues to be open is particular groups. LaFleur didn’t retain Ron Zook, who ran that unit below former head coach Mike McCarthy for the final 4 seasons. A number of studies have tied the Packers to Dolphins special-teams coach Darren Rizzi, who’s in limbo whereas Miami waits to introduce New England Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores as its new coach.
Hackett has deep ties to the West Coast offense. He is the son of former College of Pittsburgh coach Paul Hackett, who gave McCarthy his begin in teaching. The elder Hackett has ties to the early days of Invoice Walsh’s offense in San Francisco. LaFleur comes from the Mike Shanahan department of the West Coast system.
One supply described the youthful Hackett as “an outgoing character who will complement LaFleur and work effectively with [quarterback Aaron] Rodgers.”
LaFleur stated in his introductory press convention final Tuesday that he’ll name the offensive performs. McCarthy additionally referred to as performs however relied closely on his offensive coordinator to work intently with Rodgers.
Hackett, like LaFleur, is 39 years previous and has expertise each within the NFL and faculty. Hackett is probably greatest identified for getting essentially the most out of the Jaguars’ offense throughout their 2017 playoff run. They ranked fifth within the NFL in scoring with Blake Bortles at quarterback and had the NFL’s top-ranked dashing offense on their method to the AFC Championship Sport. However Hackett was fired in November by his longtime boss, head coach Doug Marrone (who additionally employed Hackett each with the Buffalo Payments and at Syracuse College), after the Jaguars’ offense struggled to 21st within the NFL and 28th in factors on the time of the transfer.
Hackett was one in all two offensive coordinator candidates LaFleur had eyed. The opposite was former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who interviewed for the Packers’ head-coaching job. Monken was employed over the weekend as the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator. LaFleur was unable to get permission to interview his youthful brother, Mike, or fellow 49ers assistant coach Mike McDaniel for the job. Mike LaFleur serves as head coach Kyle Shanahan’s passing recreation coordinator, whereas McDaniel is in command of San Francisco’s run recreation.
As well as to Pettine, LaFleur additionally will retain defensive position coach Jerry Montgomery and tight ends coach Brian Angelichio from McCarthy’s workers. It is unclear precisely what their titles might be.
Zook is not the one former Packers assistant who already is out. Receivers coach David Raih left for a similar place with the Arizona Cardinals. The workforce additionally parted methods with defensive passing-game coordinator Joe Whitt.
Longtime offensive line coach/run-game coordinator James Campen additionally was allowed to go away for the Browns, the place he turned affiliate head coach and can run the offensive line for brand new head coach Freddie Kitchens. No assistant coach in Packers historical past had extra time with the workforce than Campen’s 15 seasons, relationship to 2004.
Packers defensive run-game coordinator/linebackers coach Patrick Graham additionally won’t return. A supply stated the Packers will permit him to be a part of Flores’ workers in Miami, probably as the defensive coordinator.
In the meantime, former Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who served as the interim head coach for the ultimate 4 video games this previous season, has interviewed with not less than three groups — the Payments, Browns and Minnesota Vikings — in accordance to a number of league sources.