INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: Professional football player Jermichael Finley attends ESPN The Magazine's "NEXT" Event on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)
Packersnews.com | Green Bay Packers | Insiders Blog " Alford interviews with Packers. It probably helps Tony Alford's career to be interviewed by the Green Bay Packers, even if he was set on remaining a college coach.
Kareem Copeland assumed Alford was interviewing for the vacant tight ends coach, but Jason Wilde thought Joel Hilgenberg was the likely replacement. It might seem odd to have an ex-offensive lineman like Hilgenberg coaching tight ends, but the Packers have been drafting tight ends known for their receiving in college (Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, etc.) and teaching them how to block. It might actually be a big benefit to Finley to spend more time with a former NFL lineman.
On the other hand, the real value in these players are their ability to catch a pass. And based on the 2011 season, receiving skills are something Finley needs to work on. I don't think they're going to do his development wrong no matter the background of his new tight end coach, the key being that they've got to find a good one.