Darren Perry Reportedly Frontrunner for DC

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Darren Perry

Want to hear something that makes zero sense? Safeties coach Darren Perry is reportedly the frontrunner to replace Dom Capers as the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator.

Why does this make no sense? Well, not only did Perry play for Capers, but Capers brought him to Green Bay in 2009.

So if you were looking for a change on the defense, you’re probably not going to get much of one with Perry. I also don’t understand how Perry can be the frontrunner when he hasn’t even interviewed yet.

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that there will be three internal candidates to interview for the job — Perry, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt and linebackers coach Winston Moss. However, there will also be outside candidates brought in. We just don’t know who those are yet.

Perry has never been a coordinator before. He has been with several teams as a safeties or defensive backs coach. Perry started his coaching career with Cincinnati in 2002.

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6 Comments on "Darren Perry Reportedly Frontrunner for DC"

  1. M. Supernaw

    I’m really not sure how much more of this I can take. Every bit of news this offseason has been worse than the last so far. I get it that you have to give guys who have been around a fair chance, but has anyone even heard one name of an outside candidate for defensive coordinator yet? I sure as hell haven’t, there’s been speculation by “analysts” and fans about who the pack could target but nothing from the organization or fat mike himself. And Perry is the biggest surprise here for sure. I mean, Charles frickin’ Woodson came out and advocated for Joe Whitt. If you’re a coach who’s earned the respect of a legend like him, I’d say that should make you the definite front runner of internal candidates. And correct me if I’m wrong, but safety was another position that saw serious inconsistency and regression this season. Josh Jones missed a lot of assignments and Ha Ha basically said “I need Micah Hyde to hold my hand” to be successful. And they want to give this coach the reins to the entire defense?

  2. MJ

    To be a DC you have to craft the whole defensive playbook and understand how the different layers of the defense interact and sometimes swap roles (a DL or LB dropping back in coverage, or a S or CB blitz). It is not a given that even a good position coach (LB, CB, S) can transition well to DC.

    • M. Supernaw

      Thats 100% true, but I’m not sure Charles Woodson heaps that kind of praise on the guy unless he feels that he’s capable of doing that. That’s mostly why I feel that way about this. Woodson was the quarterback of the defense when he was here, and I feel that in his time working with Whitt he probably saw a lot of good ideas in him moreso than the other defensive coaches.

  3. KzooPackFan

    People need to stop overreacting to every report from ‘sources’. the sources could and likely are the candidates or their agents. even if they are not the favorite, or may end up on another team, all of these reports give them increased leverage and visibility for their next job, wherever it may be. for us to know which of these reports have merit which are bullshit is impossible. chill out.

  4. rebelgb

    Packers are gonna fuck all of this up. Mostly because MM is a fucking arrogant asshole who will do shit noone wants him to do just to stick it to everyone. Guys is the biggest arrogant asshole to ever be a coach..

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