Darren Perry still does not have a confirmed job for 2018 yet, as the Green Bay Packers safeties coach’s status is unclear in Green Bay and he has not yet taken a job elsewhere. However, a report on Monday morning indicates that his patience may be working in his favor as the NFL’s coaching carousel continues to revolve.
The report comes from Paul Kuharsky, a veteran reporter who covers the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee recently hired Mike Vrabel as their new head coach, replacing Mike Mularkey, and Kuharsky reports that Vrabel is “looking to hire” Perry, potentially as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
Perry has been the Packers’ safeties coach for the past nine years, as he was hired in 2009 when Dom Capers originally came aboard as defensive coordinator. He reportedly interviewed for the Packers’ open DC job, which eventually went to Mike Pettine. If Perry does land in Tennessee as the defensive coordinator, he would succeed one of the longest-tenured coordinators in the NFL, Dick LeBeau, who has spent 30 years in the league as either a defensive coordinator or head coach. Coincidentally, Perry spent three years of his playing career as a safety under LeBeau when he coordinated the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense from 1995-97.
Vrabel himself spent just one year as a coordinator, leading the Houston Texans’ defense in 2017. Houston’s defense finished 20th in yards allowed and last in points allowed last season, but did so after suffering a multitude of injuries, including a season-ending injury to All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt.
Stay tuned for more updates on Perry’s status.