It’s clear that the Green Bay Packers have moved on from a number of coaches in recent years. The major story of this off-season wasA revamp is taking place this offseason for the Packers’ defensive coaching staff.
The Packers will (at least) have a new defensive coordinator and a new defensive line coach. However, there is one coach who the team moved on from a few years ago who will now be with another NFC team.
Former Green Bay Packers Coach Signs With The Washington Commanders
According to Ely Allen of Pro Football Talk:
Shortly after the reports that they had landed Kliff Kingsbury to call their offense, it has been reported that the Commanders have filled their defensive coordinator position, as well. Per Steve Wyche of NFL Network, Cowboys secondary coach and pass game coordinator Joe Whitt will be joining Dan Quinn and Kingsbury in Washington as the team’s new defensive coordinator. The move is now official.
This hiring comes as a bit of a surprise as Whitt was considered a heavy favorite to replace Quinn as the new defensive coordinator in Dallas. According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Whitt was scheduled to interview with the Cowboys for their coordinator vacancy Monday. Instead, Whitt will take his first coordinator job with the team’s division rival, following his old boss to DC.
In 2018, Whitt Jr. was the defensive pass game coordinator after serving as the secondary/cornerbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers for nine seasons (2009-17). During his time in Green Bay, he helped the team win Super Bowlcoached the Packers to a league-high 176 interceptions while ranking ninth in opponent passer rating (83.2). His unit ranked seventh in opponent completion percentage (59.8) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.34).
Cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Sam Shieldsfor 33 interceptions from that time span. From 2009-11, the Packers led the NFL twice (2009 and 2010) and had It was the most by the team over a three-year span since 1943-45 (95) and the most by any NFL team since the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers each posted 86 from 1986-88.
It will be interesting to see what Whitt can do with the Commanders as a first-time defensive coordinator.
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