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Joe Whitt Gets a Promotion

We figured that cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt was the favorite among the internal candidates for the defensive coordinator job. He obviously didn’t get the job. However, he did get a promotion of some sorts.

The Packers named Whitt defensive passing game coordinator on Wednesday.

Mike Pettine got the defensive coordinator job and as far as we know, the Packers haven’t given anyone else a new title or more money. Whitt was clearly the most valuable member of the defensive staff, however. If any internal candidate should have been the Packers’ defensive coordinator, it was Whitt.

Several former players went to bat for him. We liked him best among the internal candidates. Clearly, it seems Mike McCarthy did as well.

McCarthy also interviewed safeties coach Darren Perry and linebackers coach Winston Moss for the DC job.

It’s unclear where they stand among the staff now that Pettine has been hired, but obviously, Whitt will remain.

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  1. Howard January 10, 2018

    I guess this is a newly formed position? I don’t recall any Packer defensive coach listed as a defensive passing coordinator. Some (few) other pro and college teams have such a position. This could have some positive and negative impacts. I wonder if Pettine has done this before or if the position has been created by MM.

    1. PF4L January 10, 2018

      Smh…Howard, Howard, Howard…Maybe you’re just not understanding the Packers new “Everyone Wins” campaign. If you interview for a promotion, and you get passed over, you still win a new job title and a raise. It’s a variation of last weeks new campaign called “Don’t Feel Bad” where, if they feel sorry for you, you don’t get terminated, you simply get reassigned.

    2. Empacador January 10, 2018

      My guess would be created by MM. Doesn’t want people meddling in his business but yet the DC doesn’t get to hire his own coaches…

  2. Cheese January 11, 2018

    Where do they come up with these ridiculous titles? Oh, you need a job?! You can be our opposition minimalization specialist. There are also openings for randomized aerial coordinator, midfield clock manager, and pregame attitude assistant. You can only pick one because the remaining jobs have to go to the rest of the castoffs that we don’t want to take off of payroll. Sorry, the role of senior advisor has already been taken. We can make you junior advisor though!

  3. FTS January 11, 2018

    I’m guessing Joe Whitt is going to coach both safety and DB positions. Figured Big Mike would have learned his lesson when he promoted Alex Van Pelt to QB and WR coach. How well did that turn out?

    No wonder Big Mike can only hire ex Brown and Colts personnel.

  4. Kato January 11, 2018

    This was probably more a move to make Joe Whitt’s job safe. I am guessing Pettine wants to have some of his own people so Moss and Perry might be on their way out.

  5. Bobby D January 11, 2018

    Becoming quite the cluster fuck. Well at least the cadaver has been finally laid to rest. Now only two stooges remain. Albeit two very dangerous ones.