Pettine was out, to begin with — there’s no doubt about that.
Now the Green Bay Packers embark on the most important set of coaching interviews since head coach Matt LaFleur put together his first staff two years ago. In fact, LaFleur’s staff was remarkably consistent from 2019 to 2020, with few significant changes across the roster — Jerry Gray’s addition as defensive backs coach last offseason being the only real notable change.
But now the Packers face a tough call to replace Pettine, and they are reportedly casting a wide net for his successor.
One name that is popular among Packers fans is Wade Phillips, the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys and defensive coordinator of several other teams. Phillips has an interesting history facing the Packers; his blowout loss in Green Bay in 2010 led Jerry Jones to fire him the next day; but as Broncos defensive coordinator, he defined the blueprint for stopping the Packers’ 2015 offense sans Jordy Nelson.
Will Wade be a candidate on the Packers’ list? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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