The Green Bay Packers have found a replacement for defensive backs coach Jerry Gray. Last week, Gray joined the Atlanta Falcons in an assistant head coach/defense role. His contract was not renewed by the Packers and reports stated that he deviated from defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s scheme. With Gray’s departure, the Packers lost a very popular coach among the fans, many of whom believe Green Bay allowed the wrong coach to go, preferring Gray over Barry.
Be that as it may, the Packers held onto Barry and needed a new defensive backs coach. Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 in Houston reported today that Green Bay was set to hire Greg Williams to that role:
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) February 8, 2023
Greg Williams’ Career Before the Green Bay Packers
Greg Williams played wide receiver and cornerback at the University of North Carolina, but never made a NFL roster. Instead, he played for NFL Europe, XFL, and Arena Football League.
When his short playing career was over, he began coaching in the college ranks. Between 2003 and 2008, Williams coached in various roles for Arizona State, College of DuPage, Arkansas State, and Pittsburgh. In 2009, Williams got his first coaching job in the NFL. He was an assistant linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Chargers from ’09-2012 and remained with the team as assistant secondary coach from 2013-2015.
From 2016-present, Greg Williams has been a defensive backs or cornerbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, and Arizona Cardinals.
Any More Coaching Changes?
When the season ended, head coach Matt LaFleur stated he did not see many changes occurring on the Packers’ staff. This statement has led to several outcries from fans who have seen high-profile defensive coaches take jobs with rival teams. The Packers, however, have kept their staff mostly intact. The only outlier left now is whether or not Rich Bisaccia, the Packers’ special team coordinator, will get the Colts’ head coaching job.