Packers promote Jason Simmons, Ryan Downard, retain Jerry Montgomery, Ben Sirmans on coaching staff

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The Green Bay Packers announced on Thursday they have retained four coaches from Mike McCarthy’s staff with two of the coaches being promoted to bigger roles.

Jason Simmons was promoted from secondary coach to defensive backs coach while Ryan Downard was promoted from defensive quality control coach to assistant defensive backs coach. Additionally, defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery and running backs coach Ben Sirmans are remaining a part of Matt LaFleur’s staff with the Packers.

Simmons has spent eight seasons in Green Bay. He began working more closely with the secondary last year after spending much of his time with the Packers working with special teams units.

Last year was Downard’s first with the Packers after a two-year stint at Bowling Green University. He had previously spent two years as a defensive coaching assistant with the Cleveland Browns.

Montgomery and Sirmans will enter their fifth and fourth seasons with the team, respectively.

10 responses to “Packers promote Jason Simmons, Ryan Downard, retain Jerry Montgomery, Ben Sirmans on coaching staff

  1. Every year some players stay on and some are cut. I think it’s the right thing to do on the coaching staff as well. The decision-makers have a whole new perspective and as a fan I have no choice but to trust their judgment, including the decision to release McCarthy, which I wholeheartedly agreed with. Good times.

  2. Once it was known that Mike Pettine was remaining as DC it was also known that some of his defensive coaches would remain on staff. The three mentioned here were/are all not surprises to be staying.

    Ben Sirmans staying as RB coach was also not a surprise with the strong work he did with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

    The strength and conditioning coach and assistant still need to be named and a couple more assistants of position coaches, but other than that, LaFleur’s 2019 staff is set. It’s a high quality staff that the players and all of Packer Nation are excited about.


  3. So what. Still big holes in the team make-up and with a gaggle of new coaches this group is going to be mid-NFC level rated again. Another year wasted for AR.

  4. Phenomenal to see this team advancing where it needed to and holding pat where they were currently in good growth. This is most definetly a team trending in the right direction in a hurry. GO Pack Go

  5. Amazing hire this should help them hold off the lions and keep their stranglehold on third place.

  6. Yes phenomenal. Every move the Packer’s have made this off-season is the best of the best of the best of the best. It is only possible each of these moves will hit it out of the park. 😛😛

  7. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    February 1, 2019 at 11:37 am
    Does anyone else wonder if stellar, free, and Carl Gerbschmidt are all the same person? Think for a minute. Have you ever seen them all in the same room?
    They can’t be, Gerby actually has a job and a wife,

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