Packers part ways with Joe Whitt

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Joe Whitt has coached in Green Bay since 2008. He won’t coach there in 2019.

The Packers have terminated the contract of their defensive passing game coordinator, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The news comes shortly after the Packers announced they are retaining Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator. Pettine likely wants to make his own hire.

Whitt spent nine seasons as secondary/cornerbacks coach for the Packers before earning a promotion last January. He was the team’s defensive quality control coach in 2008.

Whitt began his NFL career in Atlanta in 2007.

36 responses to “Packers part ways with Joe Whitt

  1. I’ll trust Pettine on this one and the underperforming ways of this defensive unit over the recent past makes this move not unexpected. Thanks for your time with the Pack, Joe. You coached at a very special place in the NFL and have a Super Bowl ring to show for it. Good luck.

  2. padraighansen says:

    January 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Bad move. One of the few defensive coaches to could actually coach.

    Actually, he was part of the complacency problem.

  3. He hasn’t had much to work with since Shields was lost. Guys with little talent, guys whose best days were behind them, and rookies. Who can forget Jones and Sanu running wild in the NFC championship game against the likes of Linzey Pipkens? Plus half of the DBs were usually hurt like with the rest of the team. What I’m waiting to hear is that the entire strength and conditioning team has been fired.

  4. If you have a coach as long as he has and never get hired away (or attempted to be hired away) with a raise – chances are that coach isn’t very good.

    Good is the enemy of great.

  5. I feel for the guy who takes this job. They have no players on pass defense other that Alexander. The rest are bums. I mean they have a 38 year old playing Safety? Ya that will get you to the SB.
    Ted T drafted King who was always hurt in college and ditto in the pros.

  6. He was one of the best position coaches, and it really sucks to see him go.

    That being said, he (like most others) did seem to be upset at getting passed over for the DC job… and MM did say he was the first runner up for the job… and he didn’t take it like a publicly sore loser like coaches Perry and Moss.

    My pure speculation is that LaFleur (based on his comments about needing to speak with Pettine before saying he’s back) is asking all the coaches if they want to be there, and Whitt said no. That or he gave some attitude towards Pettine last season.

  7. Clay Matthews says:
    January 11, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    Good riddens, the secondary was the worst performing unit of the team during his tenure

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    While you’re not wrong, a big part of the reason for that was their lack of a pass rush.

  8. This one was LONG overdue. Most of the hot air leveled at Mike McCarthy lately is pure and utter crap talk by people who get paid to spread crap talk and their uninformed fans.

    One thing that is TRUTH is that Mc was loyal to a fault where his staff was concerned. Perhaps that is something that could be attributed to the franchise as a whole, but I don’t think I’d want it any other way.

  9. The Vikings fell much flatter than anyone imagined. Their trolls show up here to pick unnecessary fights. Do you know why? Because when a loser knows he’s a loser, he’ll mock the one he envies the most, that’s why.

  10. ariani1985 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:56 am
    Easily the worst roster in the NFL, guy had nothing to work with!

    Yes we’ve heard it so many times that Green Bay’s roster is garbage yet your team had only 2 more wins

  11. Now all we need is the Strength and condition staff along with the scouting department to be let go and be replaced then maybe there is hope.

  12. Joe Whitt did a great job considering all of the injuries. He obviously doesn’t draft the players like Kevin King that are hurt all the time a bring in elderly players like Tramon Williams. As one poster pointed out, any defensive back can’t cover a guy forever if you can’t get a decent pass rush.

  13. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    January 11, 2019 at 9:32 pm
    He hasn’t had much to work with since Shields was lost. Guys with little talent, guys whose best days were behind them, and rookies. Who can forget Jones and Sanu running wild in the NFC championship game against the likes of Linzey Pipkens? Plus half of the DBs were usually hurt like with the rest of the team.
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    Not just rookies, but undrafted free agents. It seemed like starting midway through every year, there would be a new player each week that wasn’t on the roster the week before. Plus, Ted was enamored with the thought of turning safeties into corners or turning ex-basketball players into football players.

  14. ivotedforjesseandal says:

    Yes we’ve heard it so many times that Green Bay’s roster is garbage yet your team had only 2 more wins.
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    We beat the Eagles (playoff team), you lost to the Redskins (7 – 9). We lost to the Saints (#1 seed), you lost to the Falcons (7 – 9).

    You were mathematically eliminated early. We lost to the Bears (NFC North Champs) in the final game.

    Oh, and we were undefeated against the Packers – for the second year in a row.

  15. Clay Matthews says:
    January 11, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    Good riddens, the secondary was the worst performing unit of the team during his tenure
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    I say it is a draw between pass rush and secondary play. Wait a minute, aren’t the two connected???

  16. Most new coaches want to bring in there own coaches who they are familiar with. Brand new HC always want to make a make a statement saying things will be different going forward. I don’t think this is any different.

  17. Yes we’ve heard it so many times that Green Bay’s roster is garbage yet your team had only 2 more wins
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    Realistically, if not for the game ending interception being negated by a ridiculous roughing call on Mathews in week 2, they’d only have 1 more win than us. Such that it matters. You’d think the way their fans talk that they had an undefeated season.

  18. You were mathematically eliminated early. We lost to the Bears (NFC North Champs) in the final game.
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    We were eliminated on 12/16, by the same team that eliminated the Vikings two weeks later. You’re really hanging your hat on those two weeks? That’s like packer fans bragging about shutting our the bills, who nearly shut you guys out the previous week.

  19. ariani1985 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Easily the worst roster in the NFL, guy had nothing to work with!
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    Hope you enjoyed the last two years, because you’re done, it’s all over.

  20. That excuse has been made for Whitt every year

    longtimefanh8tr says:
    January 12, 2019 at 11:17 am
    Clay Matthews says:
    January 11, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    Good riddens, the secondary was the worst performing unit of the team during his tenure
    ///////////
    I say it is a draw between pass rush and secondary play. Wait a minute, aren’t the two connected???

  21. That’s like saying Huge Jackson will make a great coach

    Lambeauwest says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Joe Whitt did a great job considering all of the injuries. He obviously doesn’t draft the players like Kevin King that are hurt all the time a bring in elderly players like Tramon Williams. As one poster pointed out, any defensive back can’t cover a guy forever if you can’t get a decent pass rush

  22. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 12, 2019 at 12:50 pm
    Why are Packer fans so salty about the Packers having a garbage roster? Magic Guy is going to change that overnight, right?
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    I don’t recall anybody saying that. I do know it will take more of an effort than simply tweaking one sole, primary position just a very teeny, tiny bit.

  23. I like the Jaire kid, potential, the other three seem always injured cant really tell. add a veteran DB like a terrence newman type in free agency or two.

  24. Other than WR, Whitt had the best position group on the team in the McCarthy-era (Woodson, Tra Williams, Shields, Hyde, Hayward)

    10 years though… I can see why he’d want to move on..

    .. somebody is getting a gem. (hopefully not a Norris opponent!)

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