Two long-time members of the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff who were fired in recent weeks officially have new jobs as of today. Shortly after the end of the regular season, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy fired defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, and a day later he relieved offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett of his duties.
Reportedly, the team offered Bennett the opportunity to stay on in a lower role, likely as wide receivers coach, but he declined.
Now, both Bennett and Trgovac are employed once again, and they will be coaching on the same team opposite one another for the tenth straight season after nine seasons together on the Packers’ staff. On Thursday, the Oakland Raiders announced that, among the team’s other hires, Bennett will come aboard as their wide receivers coach, while Trgovac will coach the defensive line. The Raiders announced all of their coaching hires under new head coach Jon Gruden, who recently signed on for a second stint as the Raiders’ head coach.
Bennett, who played running back for the Packers for most of his playing career, spent six years as Green Bay’s running backs coach before switching to the wide receivers coach position in 2011. He became the team’s offensive coordinator in 2015 and spent three seasons in that position.
Trgovac came to Green Bay in 2009 as part of Dom Capers’ initial staff with the Packers. He had coached the defensive line each season since then.
This makes three former Packers assistants who have new jobs in the NFL, in addition to a pair of coaches who took jobs in college football involving more responsibility. Former quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt is the other coach sticking in the league, as he now has that same title with the Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, former receivers coach Luke Getsy took the offensive coordinator position at Mississippi State and defensive front assistant Jerry Montgomery left to become the defensive line coach at Texas A&M.