Three Packers assistants to interview for team’s defensive coordinator job

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Packers assistant coaches Winston Moss, Darren Perry and Joe Whitt will interview to become the team’s defensive coordinator, coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday.

McCarthy added that the Packers also will consider external candidates.

“The defense needs to be better than the offense,” McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I mean, that has to happen. So you’ve got four ways to do it. You get player acquisition, player instruction, player finance — who you pay to build your roster — and player performance.

“I mean, there’s so many things out there that we can advance in as far as analytics, more science, we have a strong history of developing young players, maximizing their abilities. But we can always get better, and that’s really where I’m at with it. So the defense, we need to be better.”

While all three Packers assistants are under contract for next season, McCarthy said the defensive coordinator will have say in his staff. That means Moss, Perry and Whitt lack job security despite interviewing for a promotion.

“Philosophically, I think it’s important for the coordinator to be involved in the hiring of every assistant coach,” McCarthy said. “I know when I was coordinator, if the assistant coaches that you may not have been part of, that can cause some situations that are totally unnecessary, and sometimes that’s avoidable, too. You’ve got to be realistic about the coaching industry and the mark of coaches with what’s going on right now, too. But preferably you like to have the coordinator involved in hiring all the assistants.”

Moss interviewed for the Lions head coaching job Thursday. The Packers might move on from him if he doesn’t leave, via Demovsky. Capers brought Perry with him to Green Bay. Whitt joined the Packers’ staff in 2008, the year before Capers arrived.

14 responses to “Three Packers assistants to interview for team’s defensive coordinator job

  1. It’s not so easy to envision coaches of a mediocre defense becoming the new Defensive Coordinator. Probably best to look outside the team. I would be happy with McAdoo as new OC, Fangio as new DC.

  2. The good news for the Vikings continues to roll in…
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    Now if they could just win their first playoff game…..of the decade.

  3. Awesome.
    I hope McNugget hires someone already on his staff.
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    Isn’t this the same staff that has won 8 playoff games and a Superbowl since the Vikings last postseason victory?

  4. pkrlvr says:
    January 4, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    Awesome.
    I hope McNugget hires someone already on his staff.
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    Isn’t this the same staff that has won 8 playoff games and a Superbowl since the Vikings last postseason victory?
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    I’m glad your happy with the current packer staff.
    The less changes made the better.

  5. In most cities the GM hires the coach, not the other way around. For some reason the Packers let McCarthy run the entire organziation from top down. I guess Green Bay isn’t like most cities, maybe because it is a village full of shanties.

  6. pkrlvr says:
    January 4, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Awesome.
    I hope McNugget hires someone already on his staff.
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    Isn’t this the same staff that has won 8 playoff games and a Superbowl since the Vikings last postseason victory?
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    I think you’re confusing the coaching staff with Aaron Rodgers.

  7. I believe these guys are still under contract – technically and that the league requires them to be interviewed as internals for the DC position?

    McCarthy was very specific and mentioned it several times during his EOS presser – it’s time to bring in outside help.

    They got good interview experience but likely – they’ll have to interview to be retained by the new DC or on a new team when the new DC brings in his staff.

  8. The commentary from the usual suspect Big Talkers would lead one to believe they have all the answers. It must be due to the Vikings being such prolific winners. Did the Vikings already win the SuperBowl after (finally) having one relevant season? Did they? Did I somehow miss it?

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