In Matt LaFleur’s second offseason as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, one coaching change has seemingly posed difficulties for him. LaFleur dismissed Alvis Whitted as wide receivers coach a few weeks back, but had not filled the vacant position until this Thursday. Now the team has a person filling that job, a promotion of an assistant who spent last season with the team.
That person is Jason Vrable, who was an offensive assistant in 2019. Vrable has held a variety of assistant coaching jobs in the NFL, all on offense, and has helped coach quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers both in college football and the pros. He also has experience as a quarterback himself, having played for Division III Marietta College in Ohio. This promotion gives him primary responsibility over an NFL position group for the first time.
Meanwhile, the team has also promoted quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy, adding the title of offensive pass game coordinator to his responsibilities. Getsy was the Packers’ wide receivers coach under Mike McCarthy for two seasons before serving as the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State. This promotion likely will give him additional opportunities and responsibility to assist Vrable with the receivers, and should help to strengthen and sync up the position groups involved in the pass game.
Last season, the Packers elected not to employ separate run and pass game coordinators on either side of the football, positions that Mike McCarthy implemented in his final season with the Packers. Getsy’s new title is the first such job in the Matt LaFleur era.
The Packers made these moves as well as the hiring of senior assistant Butch Barry official on Thursday afternoon, announcing them in a press release.