It almost seems like Mike McCarthy had a plan with this one. On Thursday evening, it was reported that the Green Bay Packers will hire former Browns tight ends coach Brian Angelichio to the same position.
Angelichio will replace Jerry Fontenot, who was dismissed at the start of the week.
Why in the hell would anyone hire someone who coached for the Browns? That’s a totally fair reaction, but Angelichio appears to fit the exact mold of what the Packers were looking for — someone who can take a shitbird and make him into a star.
You’re probably not terribly familiar with the name unless you play fantasy football, but Angelichio oversaw the development of Gary Barnidge in Cleveland. He suddenly turned into one of the best tight ends in the league in 2015, catching 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns.
He did that despite the Browns not being able to decided on a quarterback all season. He did that after never having more than 200 yards receiving in an NFL season prior. He did that despite being 30.
Was it a fluke or did Angelichio have something to do with it?
I guess we’ll find out.
Angelichio was the tight ends coach of the Buccaneers from 2012-13 and with Cleveland from 2014-15.
All we need now is a tight end for him to coach!
Richard Rodgers may want to go to the Pro Bowl to get himself familiar with it, because that’s where he’ll be headed in about a year under this coach. Tight end problems…….solved.
For the draft gurus out there. Not a draft guy, so don’t know if this is a deep draft for either position. Based on Packers draft position, do they have a better shot at getting a decent wide receiver or a decent tight end? In any round, not just first round.
If they can’t upgrade the tight ends, maybe they should make this guy the wide receiver coach. Leave the tight end group to flounder around on their own as the warm bodies they are portrayed as. Focus on the potential strength of the wide receivers group.
I think there are some guys in this draft class that could serve us as an (almost) immediate upgrade if given a chance. Alabama’s OJ Howard and Evan Engram from Ole Miss are two that I would consider looking at. OJ is reminiscent of J-Mike in athleticism and how he can exploit the seams. And Evan versatile enough to create match-up problems with most linebackers – he can also line up outside and stretch the field a bit. Both would need some work on blocking and pass protection though.
It’s still early though. There are some others who will certainly be combine standouts.
I’ve been crying for a tight-end for the past two drafts. It’s gonna be tough to decide on what position to pick depending on how the first round plays out. We need upgrades at ILB and (I personally think) O-Line as well. All three spots are big needs in my eyes.
OJ Howard is returning to school, which leaves Hunter Henry from Arkansas, Austin Hooper from Stanford possibly Nick Vannett from OSU in the first few rounds.
According to Brown’s web site, which don’t know about him leaving yet:
Brian Angelichio, pronounced an-jah-LEEK-o, was named Browns tight ends coach on Jan. 27, 2014.
Last season under Angelichio’s direction, the tight end group combined for 54 receptions for 822 yards…
These are other figures then mentioned above.
Probably those 822 were with the Buccanners then.
I would have hired jeff Janis as a player coach of receivers AMD Te
Qnd I would have made colt lyeria gm
I would have made you obtain your GED.
I was really hoping the Packers would hire Mark Chumura. Heard he was running a hot tub business in Milwaukee now, Chewy’s Jacuzzys or something like that, but he wanted to get back into coaching.
That’s not the only thing he’d like to get back into..
Howard decided against leaving school early.
Come TT draft a tight end high Please sign a proven inside linebacker soon he’s got to come out of shell damn enough is enough. Or in comes Seahawks Schneider. All open ur arms