Add Assistant Coach Joe Whitt, Jr. to the List of Outgoing Packers Coaches – Mike Pettine Will Officially Stay
After 11 seasons with the team, Joe Whitt, Jr. is out as defensive pass game coordinator:
Packers now have terminated Joe Whitt Jr., their Passing Game Coordinator.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2019
Charles Woodson still has his back:
I 100% and whole heartedly vouch for joe Whitt jr for any team out there needing to fill their staff.. Great teacher, and coach, that players can trust.. hard to find that combo💯 @NFL @ESPNNFL @espn @AdamSchefter https://t.co/dZO8Vnvou8
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) January 12, 2019
Auburn University alumnus Joe Whitt, Jr. was tasked with stopping the passing game of opponents and worked closely with cornerbacks on the team. His coaching career started at The Citadel as wide receiver coach and he then went on to coach 11 out of his 12 years in the NFL for the Packers. His first year in the NFL was working with the Atlanta Falcons. Originally hired my Mike McCarthy in 2008, he helped lead the Packers to a #2 defense ranking in 2009. More recently in 2018 he was promoted to his final position with the Packers as pass game coordinator. Until recently, the Packers secondary was among the best in the league. PFF now ranks the Packers secondary at #27 for the 2018 season. With that said, Joe Whitt is not likely to have any trouble finding more work in the league with the knowledge and experience he brings.
As rumored before, Mike Pettine will keep his job:
#Packers DC Mike Pettine, still under contract, was on new coach Matt LaFleur’s list when he presented during his interview, source said. The early expectation is that Pettine stays in Green Bay, though Lafleur will make a firm call when it’s official.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2019
LaFleur on Hackett on Schein On Sports: "He's certainly on the radar"
And LaFleur confirms Mike Pettine will be his DC.
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) January 11, 2019
One of our contributors correctly predicted this a while back. The Packers rebuild continues with Pettine staying on board moving forward. LaFleur is already making some smart and pragmatic moves by keeping some names on-board as he goes into his first stint as a head coach.