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Green Bay’s Top Coaching Changes This Offseason

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Green Bay’s Top Coaching Changes This Offseason

Following a disappointing 2017 campaign, the Packers made coaching changes their top priority to begin the offseason. While there were impressive performances, the team struggled as a whole without Aaron Rodgers on the field. According to NFL.com, Green Bay ranked 26th in total offense and 22nd in total defense in 2017. Special teams was no exception either as they finished in the middle of the pack. With many fans and analysts alike calling for changes in coaching personnel, the front office did just that. Let’s take a look at some of the most substantial changes made thus far.


Offense

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Coaching changes have been prevalent in 2018 for the Packers, and offensive coordinator was no exception. Joe Philbin was brought back to the position after leaving in 2012. Before leaving, Philbin led the 2011 offense to record numbers. The Packers would set team records in total points, touchdowns, total yards, and passing yards that season. On top of that, he worked with Rodgers while he set the record for highest passer rating in a season at 122.5.

Philbin also enjoyed success after leaving Green Bay. While with Miami, he improved the teams wins in both 2012 and 2013, per NFL.com. Additionally, he helped develop the first 4,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher combo in Miami’s history. Philbin has proven to be successful with various teams, and in Green Bay, similar results are expected this time around.

Defense


After giving up 24 points per game in 2017, the Packers moved on from defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Soon after, the team announced that Mike Pettine would be taking over the position. In five years as D.C. with the Jets and Bills, his teams never finished outside the top-ten in total defense. According to the Packers website, Pettine’s defenses held quarterbacks to NFL lows in QBR, completion percentage, and passing yards per game. With the Jets from 2009-2012, he held opponents to merely 294.8 total yards. He is preaching communication to a defense that struggled to stay on the same page last year. However, with defensive pass game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. sticking around, the transition may be seamless. Plus the addition of defensive run game coordinator Patrick Graham and his dedicated style should bode well.

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