The Green Bay Packers have already lost one coach this offseason. Defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator Jerry Gray took a position with the Atlanta Falcons as their assistant head coach/defense. From the sounds of it, Gray was unhappy in Green Bay anyway because of Joe Barry. Apparently, Gray did not agree with Barry’s scheme and had his defensive backs play outside of the scheme on multiple occasions.
Another hot name from Green Bay that was linked to other coaching jobs was special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. The former interim head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders was reportedly among the finalists for the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching position. This morning, Ian Rapoport reported that the Colts have informed Bisaccia and other finalists that they are no longer being considered for the position:
The #Colts have been informing candidates this morning that they are out, including interim coach Jeff Saturday who at one point appeared to be the favorite. Now, Shane Steichen is considered to be the leader in the clubhouse to be their next head coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2023
While Bisaccia is, undoubtedly, deserving of a head coach position, it is a good thing for the Packers that he will not be leaving. Under his leadership, the Packers’ special team unit was at the best it had been in decades. Keisean Nixon, whom Bisaccia insisted the Packers sign, rewrote the team’s kick return record book and was named a First Team All Pro.
Rich Bisaccia Is a Green Bay Packers Fan Favorite
When Packers head coach Matt LaFleur stated, at the end of the season, that he did not anticipate many changes on his staff, fans did not react favorably. To be specific, many fans seem to want defensive coordinator Joe Barry dismissed. The decision to retain Barry instead of pursuing coaches like Vic Fangio has been frustrating fans all offseason.
That being said, of the more substantial coaches (coordinators and head coach) on the Packers’ staff, Bisaccia is the one who has garnered the most praise. When faced with the prospect of losing him to the Colts, some fans called for Green Bay to fire LaFleur and make Bisaccia the head coach in order to retain him.
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