The Green Bay Packers will likely make wholesale changes at the end of the season. The team has gotten off to a 2-5 start and hasn’t won a game since September 24 against the New Orleans Saints.
Matt LaFleur isn’t on the hot seat yet, but he will likely make changes when it comes to his offensive staff at the end of the season. LaFleur has been calling playing since he became the coach in 2019. But there’s been one component missing since Nathaniel Hackett departed to become head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2022: an experienced offensive play-caller. Hackett and LaFleur were instrumental in helping Aaron Rodgers capture two MVP awards in 2020 and 2021. Since then, the Packers’ offense has struggled to capture that juggernaut feel. This is why the Green Bay Packers should consider tabbing Josh McDaniels as the new offensive coordinator.
Could the Green Bay Packers hire Josh McDaniels as their next offensive coordinator?
Don’t let his two failed stints as a head coach of the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders fool you. Josh McDaniels is still a bright, offensive mind. Aside from coordinating the offenses led by Tom Brady, McDaniels showed during his last year with New England that he can help develop young quarterbacks. The Patriots were a top-15 offense under McDaniels’ guidance, and Mac Jones shined in his offense.
The same case could be made for Jordan Love because despite seeing Love up close for three years, Matt LaFleur calls plays like Love a rookie quarterback. This season, LaFleur has been overly conservative, much like his predecessor, Mike McCarthy. LaFleur’s offenses haven’t featured a deep-passing game in a while, but this is where the marriage between McDaniels and Love could work because they could bring that element back to the offense. The Green Bay Packers have weapons: Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Dontayvion Wicks, not to mention Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft. This would be the perfect landing spot for Josh McDaniels.
Many people would be worried about Josh McDaniels using the Green Bay Packers as a stepping stone for his next head coaching job. But if his two failed stints aren’t any indication that he’s a better coordinator than the head coach, then I could see McDaniels finishing his coaching career as an offensive coordinator. The other component to McDaniels coming to Green Bay is that Matt LaFleur would have to give up play-calling duties, and based on how the offense has looked the past two seasons, he should be willing to do that.
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