Last week, the Green Bay Packers kept one of their two defensive secondary coaches in town. Following the reported hiring of Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator, former cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt, Jr. was given a promotion and the title of defensive passing game coordinator.
His compatriot in the secondary still has yet to find a new job, however.
That is of course safeties coach Darren Perry, who interviewed for the Packers’ DC job prior to Pettine’s hiring. Perry has also interviewed for some other jobs, but at least one of those other positions has now been filled. The Houston Texans reportedly interviewed Perry for their defensive backs coach position, but ended up settling on Anthony Midget for the job instead.
Midget had spent the previous four seasons on the Texans’ staff as assistant DBs coach, so this represents an internal promotion for him. Meanwhile, this would have been a slight step up for Perry, who had been limited to working with just the Packers’ safeties during his tenure in Green Bay.
This means that a reunion between the Packers and Perry still remains in the realm of possibility. However, after not getting the DC job and being passed over by Whitt for a promotion, it would be understandable for Perry to look elsewhere for opportunities where he feels that there is more potential for upward mobility. Stay tuned as the Packers continue to finalize the remaining vacancies on the coaching staff.
Update: It was recently revealed by Tom Silverstein of Packersnews.com that Perry remains under contract with the Packers for 2018, so he will remain on staff as safeties coach unless he finds another job or is relieved of his duties. APC apologizes for any confusion.