Packers hire Mike Smith as outside linebackers coach

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The Packers announced they have hired Mike Smith as outside linebackers coach. No, not that Mike Smith.

The Mike Smith headed to Green Bay is entering his seventh year as a coach in the NFL. He comes to the Packers after spending the past three seasons with the Chiefs.

Smith served as the assistant defensive line coach in 2016-17 before earning a promotion to outside linebackers in 2018. He coached Dee Ford, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl after tying for the NFL lead with seven forced fumbles.

Smith previously coached at his alma mater, Texas Tech, serving as the co-defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2015 and the defensive coordinator for the final nine games of 2014. He also coached outside linebackers in 2014-15 and the defensive line in 2015.

Smith began his NFL coaching career with the Jets as a coaching intern (2010-11) and then as an outside linebackers coach (2012).

16 responses to “Packers hire Mike Smith as outside linebackers coach

  1. I just posted about this in the Davante Adams thread😁

    This is a good hire👍

    I am fairly sure Mike Pettine is actively involved in hiring these defensive coaches with LaFleur.

  2. clownbaby37 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 8:08 pm
    Great hire, as we all saw the cheifs defense was outstanding this year. Superbowl bound
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    Bear in mind Chiefs didn’t put enough resources into their D, and the problem with Mahomes scoring quickly is you need to put the D out often and after too little rest. And if only losing to a Pats offense, having reached OT in a AFCCG, isn’t good enough, you wont get many dudes.

  3. Bear in mind Chiefs didn’t put enough resources into their D, and the problem with Mahomes scoring quickly is you need to put the D out often and after too little rest. And if only losing to a Pats offense, having reached OT in a AFCCG, isn’t good enough, you wont get many dudes.

    Sounds like excuse for a poor defensive showing. But also keep in mind that the Packers defense doesn’t have half the talent the cheifs defense does either.

  4. streetyson says:
    January 25, 2019 at 8:28 pm
    clownbaby37 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 8:08 pm
    Great hire, as we all saw the cheifs defense was outstanding this year. Superbowl bound
    —————
    Bear in mind Chiefs didn’t put enough resources into their D, and the problem with Mahomes scoring quickly is you need to put the D out often and after too little rest. And if only losing to a Pats offense, having reached OT in a AFCCG, isn’t good enough, you wont get many dudes.

    I think that I agree with most of what you stated but I got an enormous head-ache trying to figure it out.

  5. Pettine and Smith have worked together before and are actually quite close friends.

    It will be very important to have a strong position coach for the OLB group next season. More than likely there will be at least 2 new faces in that group and probable that at least one of them will be a rookie. The Packers were among the league leaders in sacks last season mostly because of Pettine’s system and also his use of exotic blitzes. It will be enjoyable to see his system with a few more pass rushers that are better fits within that system.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  6. Actually the OLBs were one of the Chiefs strengths, the scheme betrayed them

    Ford had 14 sacks, Houston 9, etc.

    So I think he was decent pick up. Noe, if they had hired Bob Sutton as LB coach – RUN!

  7. The Packers are on the road to WINNING. The Vikings are in the ditch WHINING.

    Similar, but different.

  8. stellarperformance says:
    January 26, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    The Packers are on the road to WINNING.
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    Hooray for third place!!

  9. daysend564 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 7:49 pm
    Didn’t coach Dee Ford well enough to keep him from being offsides when it mattered most.
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    Good point. Because every single thing that players do depends on the coaching and has nothing to do with talent level or instincts. It wasn’t Dee Ford’s fault that he wasn’t aware of what he was doing. He’s not responsible for his own actions. It’s all on the coaches. That’s why so many talented QB coaches take undrafted free agents and turn them into Hall-of-Fame QB’s. Happens all of the time.

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