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Cheese Curds, 2/4: Matt LaFleur will face high scrutiny over special teams coordinator hire

As well he should - but the front office needs to give him the budget to hire someone with experience and a proven track record.

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In 2019, the Green Bay Packers hired Shawn Mennenga instead of Darren Rizzi. Last year, they promoted from within, giving Maurice Drayton the job.

It’s clear that each of Matt LaFleur’s two special teams coordinator hires have been failures. You’ve seen the results on the field — that’s not something that needs to be relitigated. What’s done is done, and the plan moving forward is what needs to change.

The Packers have seen too many games lost because of these units to continue pinching pennies on their coaching hires at that position. It’s time to finally pony up some cash to bring a coordinator with a proven track record into the organization to lead the Packers’ special teams; at this point, even mediocre special teams would be a welcome improvement over what this team has displayed recently.

There likely needs to be an organizational shift in the way special teams are prioritized from a personnel standpoint as well, but step one is getting the right person in the door to coach the special teams. If anything, an experienced coach with success could help inform the head coach and front office about what works.

While LaFleur will make the call on who gets the job, he has been limited by financial constraints that the front office has put upon him. It’s time to lift those limits and let LaFleur bring in someone with experience and a proven track record of success.

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Dillon's broken rib, which he suffered on special teams in the third quarter of the playoff game, robbed him of a chance to contribute in the second half, something he will carry with him through the offseason as motivation for a bigger and better 2022.

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The advice basically boils down to this: don't just be satisfied promoting from within. It's hard to argue with that after last year's debacle.

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Tom Silverstein argues that the Packers must pay up for a quality coordinator. This writer agrees, and maybe seeing those units be directly responsible for a playoff loss (again) will be the impetus the organization needs to finally give LaFleur a blank check to hire a quality coordinator.

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