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Defensive coordinator candidates for the 2024 NFL hiring cycle

17 coaches interviewed for defensive coordinator positions in 2023 and are still available for the 2024 cycle.

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As long as Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry continues to make himself the main character down the homestretch of the 2023 season, fans faithful to the green and gold will remain interested in names that might replace him this offseason. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a couple of names that could become available to the Packers during the 2024 hiring cycle — if head coach Matt LaFleur ever comes around to canning Barry.

So far, very few names on the defensive side of the ball have lost their jobs this season. Brandon Staley, the former head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, was recently relieved of his duties, as was former Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. Beyond those two changes, the only notable update on the defensive play-caller front this NFL season comes by way of the Philadelphia Eagles, who recently moved defensive coordinator Sean Desai to the booth so that Matt Patricia could call plays on the field.

If you’re looking for names to fill Barry’s role, though, the three-man list of Staley, Del Rio and Desai won’t suffice. With the help of a tracker from Pro Football Rumors, we were able to hunt down every single coach who reportedly received a defensive coordinator interview request during the 2023 hiring cycle, our first step toward analyzing the 2024 landscape.

Below is the full list of 17 candidates who interviewed for an NFL defensive coordinator job during the last hiring cycle and did not receive the promotion at the time, including Patricia. Several of these coaches have ties to the Packers organization, which are bolded in their prior experience sections. Enjoy and let your imagination run wild.


Doug Belk

Age: 36 years old

Current title: Defensive backs coach, USC (2024)

Prior experience: West Virginia cornerbacks coach (2017-2018), Houston co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach (2019), Houston assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach (2020) and Houston assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/safeties coach (2021-2023)

2023 DC interview: Los Angeles Chargers

Dave Borgonzi

Age: 41 years old

Current title: Linebackers coach, Chicago Bears (2022-)

Prior experience: Indianapolis Colts linebackers coach (2018-2021)

2023 DC interview: Arizona Cardinals

Anthony Campanile

Age: 41 years old

Current title: Linebackers coach, Miami Dolphins (2020-)

Prior experience: Boston College defensive backs coach (2016-2017), Boston College co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach (2018) and Michigan linebackers coach (2019)

2023 DC interview: Miami Dolphins

DeMarcus Covington

Age: 34 years old

Current title: Defensive line coach, New England Patriots (2020-)

Prior experience: New England Patriots outside linebackers coach (2019)

2023 DC interviews: Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers

Jerry Gray

Age: 61 years old

Current title: Assistant head coach/defense, Atlanta Falcons (2023)

Prior Experience: Tennessee Titans defensive backs coach (1999-2000), Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator (2001-2005), Washington Redskins defensive backs coach (2006-2009), Seattle Seahawks defensive backs coach (2010), Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator (2011-2013), Minnesota Vikings defensive backs coach (2014-2019), Green Bay Packers defensive backs coach (2020) and Green Bay Packers defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator (2021-2022)

2023 DC interview: Atlanta Falcons

Chris Harris

Age: 41 years old

Current title: Defensive passing game coordinator/cornerbacks coach, Tennessee Titans (2023)

Prior experience: Washington Commanders defensive backs coach (2020-2022)

2023 DC interviews: Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers

Al Holcomb

Age: 53 years old

Current title: Senior defensive assistant, Buffalo Bills (2023)

Prior experience: Carolina Panthers linebackers coach (2013-2017), Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator & assistant head coach (2018), Cleveland Browns linebackers coach & run game coordinator (2019) and Carolina Panthers interim defensive coordinator/assistant head coach, defense (2020-2022)

2023 DC interview: Atlanta Falcons

Jim Leonhard

Age: 41 years old

Current title: Senior football analyst, Illinois (2023)

Prior experience: Wisconsin defensive backs coach (2016), Wisconsin defensive coordinator & defensive backs coach (2017-2022) and Wisconsin interim head coach (2022). Jim Leonhard also reportedly turned down the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator opening post-Mike Pettine.

2023 DC interview: Philadelphia Eagles

Marquand Manuel

Age: 44 years old

Current title: Safeties coach, New York Jets (2021-)

Prior experience: Atlanta Falcons secondary coach (2015-2016), Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator (2017-2018) and Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach (2020). Yes, he’s the former Green Bay Packers safety.

2023 DC interview: Carolina Panthers

Jesse Minter

Age: 40 years old

Current title: Defensive coordinator, Michigan (2022-)

Prior experience: Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach (2020) and Vanderbilt defensive coordinator/safeties coach (2021)

2023 DC interview: Philadelphia Eagles

Christian Parker

Age: 31 years old

Current title: Defensive backs coach, Denver Broncos (2021-)

Prior experience: First non-analyst job, but he previously worked as a defensive quality control coach for the Green Bay Packers from 2019 to 2020.

2023 DC interview: Denver Broncos

Matt Patricia

Age: 49 years old

Current title: Senior defensive assistant, Philadelphia Eagles (2023)

Prior experience: New England Patriots linebackers coach (2006-2010), New England Patriots safeties coach (2011), New England Patriots defensive coordinator (2012-2017) and Detroit Lions head coach (2018-2020)

2023 DC interview: Denver Broncos

Mike Pettine

Age: 57 years old

Current title: Assistant head coach, Minnesota Vikings (2022-)

Prior experience: Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker coach (2005-2008), New York Jets defensive coordinator (2009-2012), Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator (2013), Cleveland Browns head coach (2014-2015) and Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator (2018-2020). Could you imagine?

2023 DC interview: Minnesota Vikings

Kris Richard

Age: 44 years old

Current title: None

Prior experience: Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks coach (2011), Seattle Seahawks defensive backs coach (2012-2014), Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator (2015-2017), Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach & passing game coordinator (2018-2019), New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach (2021) and New Orleans Saints co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach (2022)

2023 DC interviews: Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins

Rex Ryan

Age: 61 years old

Current title: None

Prior experience: Arizona Cardinals defensive line & linebackers coach (1994-1995), Cincinnati defensive coordinator (1996-1997), Oklahoma defensive coordinator (1998), Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach (1999-2004), Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator (2005-2007), Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach & defensive coordinator (2008), New York Jets head coach (2009-2014) and Buffalo Bills head coach (2015-2016)

2023 DC interview: Denver Broncos

Glenn Schumann

Age: 33 years old

Current title: Co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach, Georgia (2019-)

Prior experience: Georgia inside linebackers coach (2016-2018)

2023 DC interview: Philadelphia Eagles

Chris Shula

Age: 37 years old

Current title: Pass rush coordinator/linebackers coach, Los Angeles Rams (2023)

Prior experience: Los Angeles Rams outside linebackers coach (2019-2020), Los Angeles Rams linebackers coach (2021) and Los Angeles Rams pass game coordinator & defensive backs coach (2022)

2023 DC interview: Philadelphia Eagles