Packers to hire former Browns tight end coach Brian Angelichio

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The Green Bay Packers fired a pair of assistant coaches this week after last week’s season-ending loss to the Arizona Cardinals. One of the assistants let go was tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot.

According to Alex Marvez of, the Packers have found Fontenot’s replacement. The team is set to hire former Cleveland Browns tight ends coach Brian Angelichio.

Angelichio was let go by the Browns after Mike Pettine was fired as head coach at the end of the season. He has four seasons of NFL experience, two seasons with the Browns and two under Greg Schiano with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tight ends under Angelichio have had strong seasons. Tim Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns with the Buccaneers in 2013 and Gary Barnidge had a stellar 2015 season with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns in Cleveland.

29 responses to “Packers to hire former Browns tight end coach Brian Angelichio

  1. We got this guy from the Browns? From the factory of sadness to the factory of madness.

  2. Richard Rodgers has potential. Too soon to tell about Justin Perillo and Kennard Backman — but they could use the coaching. This looks like a good hire.

  3. Now all we need are some tight ends.

    Remember when we had 2 threats at tight end? It causes so many match up problems.

    We missed on Greg Olson as a free agent.

    Richard Rodgers looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane. Hopefully, it can be fixed?

  4. Awesome hire !

    Cutting Bostock after the Choke last year, worked perfectly for the Pack.

    Now this great hire will bring maybe three or four straight superbowls instead of the predicted two straight superbowls by packer fans.

    Am I right Packer fans ?

  5. Just sayin’ …. Fontenot didn’t have a whole lot of talent to coach up at the tight end position to begin with. The Pack seem to draft and develop tight ends that are only ‘red zone’ threats. Never seem to have a tight end that commands linebacker attention across the middle.

    J. Finley came close at times but also had paddle-hands at other times.

    Richard Rodgers seems to have a butt made of sand bags – doesn’t seem to get separation. Quarless was/is spotty at best…the Pack just do not seem to be able to get “that guy”.

    The lack of a substantial TE has been the Pack’s offensive shortcoming for years.

  6. I hope this works out. The Packers haven’t had strong play out of the TE position since Jermichael Finley got injured.

    That being said, they need an infusion of talent at the position. They got by this season with Richard Rodgers, while Quarless was on IR, but it is far from a position of strength, and they need some guys with more raw talent for Angelichio to coach up.

  7. Hope this guy is used to working with a group of players consistently in legal trouble. And brick hands.

  8. This guy just got one of the impossibly hard to get and coveted positions with Superbowl winning coach Mike McCarthy and the 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers – the finest professional team in the history of sports.

    Welcome to the Green Bay Packers!

  9. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 9:38 AM

    As they scrape the bottom of the barrel pack fans will say he is the greatest to ever coach the game!!! sound familiar?


    Like Les Steckel, Jerry Burns, Mike Tice and other immortals.

  10. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 10:26 AM
    This guy just got one of the impossibly hard to get and coveted positions with Superbowl winning coach Mike McCarthy and the 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers – the finest professional team in the history of sports.

    Welcome to the Green Bay Packers!
    Yeah, I’m sure coaches are lining up to come to GB Wis where there’s nothing to do but OD on carbs and get toasted, so they end up as unhealthy as Mike McFatty and his minion Eddie.

    And I find it comical that you, in particular, are so hung up on your 13 World Championships when you’ve only had four of those in Lombardi era and two of them nearly 50 yrs ago. The other two spread out over 41 yrs. In truth, the majority of your championships were against teams with names like the Hackensack Hacks and Chatanooga Choo-Choos. In other words prehistoric football history. But what have you done for us lately? Not much, except brag and bloviate.

  11. Search for Jerry Fontenot and then Brian Angelichio. Fontenot is in shape and Angelichio is not.

    It is obvious what is happening here. While soft fat players are, for now, finally being called out (a fat on fat crime if you may) in shape coaches are being replace with fats ones.

  12. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 1:29 PM

    And yet our bridges somehow remain intact.

    The pathetic thing isn’t that he said that, it’s that 4 people gave it thumbs up. Only in the dairy wasteland is celebrating tragic accidents and the loss of innocent lives acceptable behavior.

    Even though he’ll have to spend a couple seasons in that horrendous place, I don’t blame the coach for making the move, it looks good on the resume and he’ll be able to leverage it for a bettr job somewhere else…anywhere else.

  13. Barnridge had a good year in Cleveland, and it wasn’t with a good QB. So this sounds promising to me.

  14. TE’s are going to see more passes next year in GB, its a point of emphasis. This is an option that is available to teams that have Qb’s that can throw a ball more than 1o yards downfield. That’s 3 out of the 4 teams in the NFC North.

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