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Cheese Curds, 1/25: Packers’ DC job is a tempting opportunity with high expectations

Green Bay clearly has its sights on a Super Bowl in 2024. Anyone wanting to get their open coordinator job should relish those standards.

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Matt LaFleur made one thing plainly clear in his season-ending press conference on Monday: the expectations for the Green Bay Packers are sky-high in 2024.

By practically any measure, the young Packers overachieved this season. Jordan Love proved himself to be a franchise quarterback. The team’s young receiving corps and offensive line developed faster than expected. And even a handful of young defensive players showed flashes of surprising ability — just think back to the likes of Karl Brooks (6th round pick) and Carrington Valentine (7th round) as examples.

So with a playoff win already under their belt, this young Packers squad will go into this offseason with a singular goal: winning a Super Bowl. Having that kind of potential and those expectations should make the newly-available defensive coordinator job opening one of the most intriguing, appealing, and exciting opportunities across the NFL this offseason.

As such, Green Bay should have no shortage of great candidates for the role. Veteran coordinators like Wink Martindale and Jim Leonhard should be options; so will ascending young coaches such as Chris Harris and others. LaFleur should have candidates champing at the bit to get in and interview because of where this team is at and where it looks to be heading.

It should be a big few days for this team as LaFleur decides what direction he wants his defense to take. Let’s enjoy the excitement of this particular unknown for a bit while it lasts.

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