New Packers coach Matt LaFleur expected to keep Mike Pettine

AP

The benefit of being the first team in a cycle to hire a head coach is getting a jump-start on hiring a staff.

And for new Packers coach Matt LaFleur, that could come quickly.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, LaFleur is expected to retain Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

The decision is a smart one for the 39-year-old LaFleur, who has no experience as a head coach at any level. Since his focus will be on Aaron Rodgers and the offense, pairing him with a veteran on the other side of the ball allows him to learn on the job with a substantial safety net.

The Packers were 18th in total defense and 22nd in scoring last year, but Pettine earned positive marks within the organization, and was reportedly on the short list of possible assistants LaFleur presented in his interview with the Packers.

Interim head coach Joe Philbin likely also has a place on LaFleur’s staff, according to the report.

23 responses to “New Packers coach Matt LaFleur expected to keep Mike Pettine

  1. I don’t know whether it’s a “smart” decision by LaFleur or a mandated decision from Mark Murphy to retain Pettine and Philbin.

    With $80+ million being paid to Rodgers in the first year of his new contract and having to pay Mike McCarthy the balance of his contract, the Packers can’t afford to jettison Philbin or Pettine.

  2. This an interesting and potentially risky move. Obviously Pettine made a positive impression, and keeping him will allow for continuity with the defense.

    However, a new head coach should feel free to bring in assistants that share his vision and that feels comfortable with. Hopefully LaFleur and Pettine mesh well together, but sometimes these shotgun weddings do not work out well.

  3. Ok this is encouraging. Pettine I like, perhaps Philbin but I think he may be over his prime. But for God Sakes, please replace the special teams coaches and the stength and condition training staff.

  4. Front office likely wants to see what Pettine can do with more talent.

    1/2 the talent he did have was hurt most of the year. LaFleur can focus on offense then.

    Smart to retain Pettine, I like Joe but probably would move him to something more like special assistant and quality control. Don’t know if Joe has the same offensive chops LaFleur has.

  5. Translation: “You can have the job Matt if you bow down to Aaron as well as keep Philbin and Pettine.”

    It’s too early to know if this is a good move or not. But keeping everything the same except the head coach may not be a wise decision.

  6. I am very happy about this. I think Pettine can really do some things with this defense and was hoping he’d stay.

  7. Excellent news. Pettine has the D on the right track. Save it for a couple of games last year, the D was never the reason for lost games. Love the coaching hire. Glad to keep the D scheme – so as not to have a 3rd coach in 3 years. Exciting time for the Pack. The team is solid, just needed a new HC. Go Pack Go!

  8. A new, talented young coach needs as much experience around him as possible. He’ll have his hands full. I have no issues with Pettine. At the last game of the year, the Packers had only three original starters available on defense after accounting for injuries. They’ll be much improved next year.

    The Viking trolls are already back to their unnecessary fight-picking. That didn’t take long. They know that’s all they have.

  9. Murphy and Gute told him he could have complete control over the staff and does.

    Lafleur had Pettine on his list already of possible staffers he wanted to bring in so they’re keeping him. The rest, including Joe and Ron are up for evaluation. I don’t see Zook surviving.

    Lol at it being a cost issue. Packers’ books are open. We KNOW they can cut the check and not miss a beat. Unlike other squads.

  10. However, a new head coach should feel free to bring in assistants that share his vision and that feels comfortable with.
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    I agree but apparently Pettine was on LaFleurs list anyway so I don’t think it’ll be an issue.

  11. Translation: “You can have the job Matt if you bow down to Aaron as well as keep Philbin and Pettine.”
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    You need a better translater. From everything I’ve read so far it seems this guy was hired to get Rodgers in check, not bow to him.

  12. pkrlvr says:
    January 8, 2019 at 9:50 am

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    From everything I’ve read so far it seems this guy was hired to get Rodgers in check, not bow to him.
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    The question is, does Aaron even think he needs to be put in “check”?
    Look what happened to Winston Moss after saying Aaron needs to be held accountable.

  13. Notice both Moss and McCarthy are still unemployed. McCarthy can’t even get an interview scheduled with a team that retained an 0-16 coach.

    So, is it really AR going rogue or maybe, just maybe, those that can puck up a phone and find out have and the issue was the coach, not the player.

  14. I wasn’t much impressed with the Pack’s D last year – didn’t look much better than under Capers. It may have just been the personnel (most glaringly their linebacking corps seems incapable of making a difference in the pass rush) but their schemes never looked confusing and never put much pressure on opposing quarterbacks. With a relatively slow set of linebackers the back end of defense was pretty much hung out to dry on passing plays. Pretty plain vanilla defense in a league where the good defenses come at the quarterback in alot of different ways.

  15. Nagy praised Pettine as a defensive coordinator after the second Bears game. That seems like a pretty good recommendation, especially since the defense was without more than half of their preferred starters.
    As for LaFleur, it’ll be nice to have a coach who tries to scheme up some mismatches for the other team’s defense. McCarthy pretty much just gave the ball to Rodgers along with a game plan from ten years ago and said “Go get ’em.”

  16. Remember how everyone was talking about Pettine having a top-10 defense every year he was a coordinator? Yeah, he never met a challenge like this before.
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    C’mon man. Green-goggled wearing homers aren’t everyone.

    Did they look better to you this season? Honestly. Not great! Better?

    This unit held some leads and played tough in spots. Particularly before Kenny Clark got hurt. Capers unit was an abomination. Constantly waiting for the bottom to fall out. And it almost always did.

  17. Notice both Moss and McCarthy are still unemployed. McCarthy can’t even get an interview scheduled with a team that retained an 0-16 coach.
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    My guess is, Moss and McCarthy remain a package deal.

    .. otherwise, Moss will be fortunate to work in the XFL or AAF.

  18. With $80+ million being paid to Rodgers in the first year of his new contract and having to pay Mike McCarthy the balance of his contract, the Packers can’t afford to jettison Philbin or Pettine.
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    Yawn..

    Rodgers cap hit was $20,900,000… 14th among active QBs this year. FOURTEENTH..

    But keep trying to sell that narrative to people who don’t know better.

  19. aarons444 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 2:33 pm
    With $80+ million being paid to Rodgers in the first year of his new contract and having to pay Mike McCarthy the balance of his contract, the Packers can’t afford to jettison Philbin or Pettine.
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    Yawn..

    Rodgers cap hit was $20,900,000… 14th among active QBs this year. FOURTEENTH..
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    Yawn – we all know that the cap hit is backloaded.

    I’m talking REAL current money. The Packers are cutting over $80 million in checks to Rodgers in the first year. They have to pay McCarthy for 2019 in real money on top of LaFleur’s.

    So between those three people – it’s close to $100 million

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