One coordinator wasn’t enough for Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
So on Wednesday, he fired another.
The Packers now proceed to the 2018 offseason needing to fill both offensive and defensive coordinator positions on the coaching staff, and another critical assistant coach. According to a report from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Mike McCarthy is reportedly removing the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from their jobs. Edgar Bennett, the incumbent coordinator, may be reassigned to a different position on the staff, but will likely leave; Alex Van Pelt, the quarterbacks coach, had an expiring contract and McCarthy has reportedly chosen not to bring him back for next season.
This just adds to the apparent chaos that reigns in Green Bay at the start of the offseason, as the team has made a change at general manager — Ted Thompson getting reassigned to a senior personnel executive role — and defensive coordinator Dom Capers, whose firing was made official on Wednesday evening.
The Packers are expected to have interest in a few candidates to replace Bennett, all of whom have close ties to the team. James Campen, the team’s offensive line coach, is reportedly in the running, along with former Packers coaches Ben McAdoo and Joe Philbin. McAdoo occupied the team’s tight ends and quarterbacks coach jobs at different times, while Philbin was the offensive coordinator during the 2010 season, when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV, and 2011, Aaron Rodgers’ first MVP year.
Stay tuned as the whirlwind start to the offseason continues.