5:02 PM EST, Wed January 16, 2019
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Packers have recent NFL history on their side with a pedigreed coach from a trendy system

Packers have recent NFL history on their side with a pedigreed coach from a trendy system

Matt LaFleur’s hiring in Green Bay has drawn Sean McVay jokes and criticism for relying on such an unproven coach. But very similar coaches have recently succeeded in a major way. When it comes to head coaches, NFL teams have a type. Nearly every head coaching hire these days comes from one of two buckets: retread former head coaches and up-and-coming offensive minds, usually from pedigree programs and prestige systems (see: LaFleur, Matt). In other words, it’s the guys who work or worked on offense for Andy Reid, Bill Belichick, Mike Shanahan, etc, and the guys who consistently lost to...
2 hours ago
Wednesday Walkthroughs: Early Packers Draft Crushes

Wednesday Walkthroughs: Early Packers Draft Crushes

The APC Staff reveals their January draft crushes. Admit it: you’ve been reading mock drafts. It’s ok! With the Packers (sadly) on the outside looking in as Championship Weekend rolls around, the draft and free agency is about all we’ve got. Even though the 2019 NFL Draft is months away, it’s never too early to start perusing draft rankings and projecting your favorites. We’re no different, and this week the APC staff is prepared to reveal who we’re crushing on as our attention turns to the offseason in earnest. What names are you watching? Peter Bukowski — Jachai Polite,...
3 hours ago
Packers LT David Bakhtiari named All-NFL by PFWA

Packers LT David Bakhtiari named All-NFL by PFWA

Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari has added to his collection of awards for 2018. The Green Bay Packers’ David Bakhtiari has picked up another award. The Pro Football Writers of America has named the sixth-year left tackle to its All-NFL team for the 2018 season. This marks the second major award Bakhtiari has received since the end of the season. Earlier in January, the Associated Press named him a first-team All-Pro. Bakhtiari earned both honors despite somehow missing the Pro Bowl, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by the offensive lineman himself. Regardless, the awards illustrate...
3 hours ago
Packers interested in Rick Dennison and Adam Stenavich for open offensive line coach job

Packers interested in Rick Dennison and Adam Stenavich for open offensive line coach job

Green Bay has an interview lined up with one of these two men, while the connections are clear between Matt LaFleur and each of them. The Green Bay Packers and new head coach Matt LaFleur have their coordinators set. On Wednesday, the team officially announced the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator, and Mike Pettine returns to lead the defense in 2019. Special teams is still a work in progress, but the leaders on offense and defense are officially aboard. With those decisions finalized, LaFleur must prioritize his position coach hires, and it appears that the offensive...
6 hours ago
NFC North Rundown, 1/16: Coaching searches abound within the division

NFC North Rundown, 1/16: Coaching searches abound within the division

The division’s first order of business in the offseason is finalizing missing staff pieces that will be roaming the sidelines in 2019. It has been a heck of a ride over the past week as the Green Bay Packers named a new head coach and began to fill other open roles on staff. With Matt LaFleur announced as the organization’s 15th head coach, Green Bay moved swiftly to retain Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator and add Nathaniel Hackett as the new offensive coordinator. With the Packers in need of several new assistants, including on the offensive line and among the wide receivers, a...
6 hours ago
Wednesday Cheese Curds: Matt LaFleur built strong relationships in his rise to the Packers’ throne

Wednesday Cheese Curds: Matt LaFleur built strong relationships in his rise to the Packers’ throne

Those who worked closely with LaFleur have spoke glowingly of him. There are a lot of unknowns about new Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and they won’t become known until just under a year from now when he finishes his first season. What is known about him, judging by the amount of people close to LaFleur who went on record with reporters over the last week, is that he is by all accounts a high quality human being. The term “Packer People” that was coined during the early stages of Mike McCarthy’s tenure was often mocked but it’s something the organization has taken...
Jan 15, 2019
Nathaniel Hackett’s coaching history is littered with bad quarterbacks

Nathaniel Hackett’s coaching history is littered with bad quarterbacks

Before coaching Aaron Rodgers this season, Kyle Orton might be the best QB Hackett has ever had under his tutelage. Nathaniel Hackett has been an offensive coordinator in the NFL for parts of five different seasons, following two years as a coordinator at a power-five college football program. Prior to that, his first four years of NFL experience came as an offensive quality control coach for a pair of teams. Now, Hackett is the next offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, despite just one season in that position with good numbers for his offense. However, a look back at his...
Jan 15, 2019
Tuesday Cheese Curds: Matt LaFleur starts to fill out Packers’ coaching staff

Tuesday Cheese Curds: Matt LaFleur starts to fill out Packers’ coaching staff

Former Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett will join LaFleur in Green Bay. In an interesting and well-researched piece about the inner workings of an NFL head coach interview, Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Ventras offers this interesting nugget: The longest block of time in most interviews is spent going over the candidate’s prospective staff. Coaching positions are in flux at this time of year, and you’re not always able to get the assistant you want, so candidates have to present a depth chart—three or four deep—of their top choices at every position from the coordinators to the position...
Jan 15, 2019
Packers Mock Draft Roundup: Experts are Leaning Edge Rusher at 12

Packers Mock Draft Roundup: Experts are Leaning Edge Rusher at 12

The 2019 Draft gives the Packers two chances to grab impact guys this season. Here’s who might go to Green Bay with the first of the two selections. The season did not end as expected for the Green Bay Packers, but as we look towards a new coaching regime, we can also look forward to the NFL Draft and the Packers possessing two first-round picks this April. Ten years ago, the Packers drafted Clay Matthews III and B.J. Raji in the first round of the ‘09 draft and both ended up being key figures in the Packers’ Super Bowl run just a year later. Green Bay will hope to strike gold again...
Jan 15, 2019
Packers should follow Draft blueprint Saints used to revitalize Brees & return to contention

Packers should follow Draft blueprint Saints used to revitalize Brees & return to contention

It isn’t just as simple as “draft good players.” The Saints used one draft with a targeted approach to re-establish themselves as contenders. The Packers have the chance to do the same. Drew Brees couldn’t have done much more. As the 2016 season came to a close, Brees finished the year as the NFL’s leading passer, topping the stat books in attempts, completions, and yards to go with 37 touchdowns. Despite his statistical prowess, the Saints finished 7-9, their third consecutive seven-win season and their fourth in five seasons. Brees was turning 38 the following seasons and the...
Jan 14, 2019
Packers to hire Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator, per report

Packers to hire Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator, per report

New Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has tabbed former Jaguars assistant Nathaniel Hackett as his new offensive coordinator. Matt LaFleur has made his first major hire since becoming the Green Bay Packers’ new head coach. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, LaFleur has tabbed former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Nathaniel Hackett as his new offensive coordinator. Hackett spent the past five years in Jacksonville where he served in a number of roles. He called offensive plays for the Jaguars during their run to the AFC Championship Game last season. While LaFleur will call his own...
Jan 14, 2019
13 Years Later: A look at life before Mike McCarthy

13 Years Later: A look at life before Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy was hired 13 years ago. Matub takes a look at how his life has changed since then. January 12th, 2006. 13 years (and two days) ago. That was the day it was announced that Mike McCarthy would be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Relatively speaking, it’s been a very long time. I was discussing this topic with my wife (who I didn’t even know back then) today. 13 years is quite a long time to us. That’s almost half of our lives. I did add “relatively” as the difference in time passed from 16 to 29 is a complete lifetime compared to 40 to 53. So let’s go on a...
Jan 14, 2019
2019 NFL mock draft: Packers target Jachai Polite, Noah Fant in first round

2019 NFL mock draft: Packers target Jachai Polite, Noah Fant in first round

Once again, the Packers land a top pass rusher and an Iowa tight end with their two first-round draft selections. The Green Bay Packers have their shiny new head coach, and they will soon have a shiny new coaching staff to go along with him. After that, the team will turn have little else to focus on but free agency and the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. SB Nation’s draft expert Dan Kadar released his latest mock draft earlier Monday. It follows a familiar pattern for the Packers, who target one of the top edge rushers with their top pick and a tight end with their later Day 1 selection. 12....
Jan 14, 2019
The Packers should hope Matt LaFleur isn’t like his old boss Sean McVay in one specific way

The Packers should hope Matt LaFleur isn’t like his old boss Sean McVay in one specific way

With everyone searching for the “next Sean McVay,” the young, aggressive playcaller, it seems many are missing a key flaw: a conservative approach to game management. Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams hung 30 points on a ferocious Dallas Cowboys defense on Saturday night, providing more evidence for the NFL’s lust to find a coach who can reinvigorate a program the way McVay has. But it should have been 50 and a romp, rather than 30 and a close, single-score win. For all the love for McVay as a play designer and playcaller — creating chunk plays and wanting to hit the home run every...
Jan 14, 2019
Packers Film Room: A quick look at Matt LaFleur’s screens and formations

Packers Film Room: A quick look at Matt LaFleur’s screens and formations

Here’s a sneak peek at some potential changes Green Bay could see to their passing game next season. We did it folks. Long gone are the iso routes and over-reliance on scramble plays; in comes the next man up in a line of potential coaching wunderkinds. The Green Bay Packers’ new coach, Matt LaFleur, was brought in to clean up the Packers’ offense and ‘repair’ Aaron Rodgers. To see how LaFleur might change up the offense, I went through The Tennessee Titans’ film and watched the passing game that LaFleur called. Even though the underlying offensive statistics (both through the...