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Packers Try to Interview Teryl Austin, Get Denied

The Green Bay Packers are getting shut down left and right. The latest has the Packers trying to interview Detroit Lions’ defensive coordinator Teryl Austin for the same position in Green Bay. The Lions have denied the Packers permission because Austin is technically still under contract.

That’s somewhat odd considering the Lions fired their head coach, Jim Caldwell, on Monday.

Are the Lions going to mandate that their new coach keep Austin on as defensive coordinator? More likely, they’re just sticking it to a division rival.

The Packers were also rebuffed by the Minnesota Vikings when asking for permission to interview George Paton for their general manager opening. They were shot down by Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie as well.

Austin has been the Lions’ defensive coordinator since 2014. Like Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy, Austin has Pennsylvania roots. He was born in Sharon and attended Pittsburgh.

From 2014, Austin’s defenses have ranked, in order: second, 18th, 18th and 27th. Not exactly trending in the right direction.

Personally, I don’t find this much of a loss. I still like the idea of former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, even though he’s a disciple of Dom Capers. He built the Bears into a top-10 unit in his three years in Chicago.

And if not Fangio, let’s give cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt a shot. He was in Green Bay before Capers and is known for holding players accountable, which is something Capers did not do.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Skinny January 5, 2018

    This is turning into a shit show. No one wants to come here because they know the front office and board are full of shit who will look to throw YOU under the bus before anybody else.

  2. Kato January 5, 2018

    That was going to a Rooney rule interview

  3. Cheese January 5, 2018

    “Are the Lions going to mandate that their new coach keep Austin on as defensive coordinator?”

    Are the Packers going to mandate their new GM keep McCarthy on as an offensive coordinator, I mean head coach?