Packers promote Joe Whitt to defensive passing game coordinator

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The Packers promoted assistant coach Joe Whitt to defensive passing game coordinator, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Whitt has served as the cornerbacks coach.

He interviewed for the team’s defensive coordinator job, but the Packers passed him over in favor of outside candidate Mike Pettine.

Whitt joined the Packers’ staff in 2008, the year before Dom Capers arrived. The Packers fired Capers on January 1 after Green Bay finished 22nd in total defense. The Packers last finished with a top-10 defense in their Super Bowl season of 2010 when they ranked fifth.

24 responses to “Packers promote Joe Whitt to defensive passing game coordinator

  1. What the hell is “defensive passing game coordinator?” And, frankly, while Whitt did a helluva job from 2009-2014, he’s done bupkus in the past 3 years while GBs passing D has gone to crap. Don’t like it.

  2. “Mr. Whitt, we have come to realize Aaron’s passing the ball is all this team has going for it. Can you find a way to coordinate him doing that for us while the defense is on the field?”

    “Um, sure I can try to make that happen….”

  3. The last three years due to injury our DB’s were essentially all unrestricted free agents….settle for this is a good thing

  4. Joe Whitt is highly respected in league circles and was in line for a defensive coordinator position. Glad they retained him with a promotion.

  5. Joe is a talented coach. Just wish he would have been given better talent. MM didn’t want to lose him so he gets a new title, I’m sure a healthy bump in pay, and I’ll assume control of the backend. Pettine had some nice defensive stats when he’s been a coordinator. But with better talent. I’m a little skeptical of Pettine but then again I’m only a fan. Anything would better than the past 3 or more years for the most part.

  6. He is a great coach and is well respected among players, coaches, and FO’s around the league. Hard to blame him for the defenses shortcomings. He was the CB coach that saw Woodson become a star for years. Tramon Williams went from an unknown UDFA to a pro bowler. Sam Shields went from a college WR to a pro bowl CB. Casey Hayward is one of the best CB’s in the game and continues to praise whitt for what he did. It’s not Whitt’s fault that GB didn’t sign Hayward to a contract. Not his fault that Shields had a career ending injury while being a pro bowl caliber CB.

  7. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    What the hell is “defensive passing game coordinator?” And, frankly, while Whitt did a helluva job from 2009-2014, he’s done bupkus in the past 3 years while GBs passing D has gone to crap. Don’t like it.

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    Dude, he’s been forced to have safetys play corner for the last 2 seasons… what the hell do you expect?

  8. MM: “the defense has to be better than the offense”

    So the solution is to bring in one guy from the outside as DC, and promote everybody else already in the organization, while giving MM and AR the GM they wanted. (FYI…the GM is supposed to hold the coach and players accountable, not the other way around)

    I wouldn’t be happy with these changes if I were a packers fan.

  9. The D line has been the only bright spot recently, and that coach was one of the first canned. Hope this is in name only, because nobody from the old D coaching staff should have much, or any, say based on recent years’ performance.

  10. I’m sure Mike Pettine will appreciate knowing he has a defensive passing game coordinator he has to work with. Why don’t they just admit that they don’t like the way he does his job but he’s a nice guy so they want to keep him around?

  11. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 11, 2018 at 5:45
    I wouldn’t be happy with these changes if I were a packers fan.
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    Well, you’re not. Maybe your time would be better spent worrying about the Vikings.

    “We wish we knew how to quit you.”
    -Viking fans, to Packer fans.

  12. “Hi, Mike. Welcome to the team.”

    “Thanks. I’m looking forward to taking over this defense and bringing it back to respectability.”

    “I’d like you to meet Joe, the Defensive Passing Game Coordinator.”

    “The what now?”

    “Defensive Passing Game Coordinator. It’s a thing.”

    “I don’t think so.”

    “Anyway, he’ll be coordinating the defense with respect to the passing game, so I guess you can just concentrate on running game defense.”

    “I was under the impression that I would be the Defensive Coordinator. Like, the whole defense.”

    “We like to be on the cutting edge here, Mike.”

  13. What the hell is “defensive passing game coordinator?” And, frankly, while Whitt did a helluva job from 2009-2014, he’s done bupkus in the past 3 years while GBs passing D has gone to crap. Don’t like it.
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    They had solid corner play until recently. (Woodson.. Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Davon House..)

    Can’t make chicken salad out of manure. And Capers scheme was horrendous, continuously exposed.

    .. Whitt might be the best coach on this staff. But this absolutely is NOT going to work. McCarthy out-thinking himself.

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