The Green Bay Packers’ quest for a new offensive line coach continues this week, and a new name is among the reported candidates. According to Packersnews.com, head coach Matt LaFleur will likely hold an interview with Frank Pollack, who served as the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line coach last season.
Pollack is searching for a new job following the Bengals’ firing of Marvin Lewis. Interestingly, Bengals players and fans appeared to think very highly of Pollack — starting running back Joe Mixon among them. In a since-deleted tweet, Mixon said the following:
Because we’re just gunna let the best line coach in the league go right?? Makes sense
Meanwhile, Josh Kirkendall of Cincy Jungle noted that the Bengals’ rushing success skyrocketed in 2018, thanks at least in part to Pollack’s arrival. Cincinnati ran for just 3.6 yards per attempt in 2017, but that number increased to 4.7 this fall.
In addition to those numbers, one statistical metric found Pollack to be a top-five offensive line coach in the NFL. Justis Mosqueda looked at the sacks and tackles for loss in the run game allowed by a coach’s lines over his career, relative to the league average, summing them up. As of the writing of his article in early December, that analysis put Pollack as the league’s fifth-best O-line coach, among those employed in that role at that time.
When looking at Pollack’s history prior to going to Cincinnati, it’s clear to see why his numbers are so good and why teams (and players) would view him in high regard. He coached the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line from 2013 to 2017, serving as assistant OL coach for his first two years before earning a promotion in 2015. While in Dallas, he helped a group of highly-drafted talent achieve their potential by becoming one of the league’s best lines. Pollack’s first stint as the primary offensive line coach came in 2012 with the Oakland Raiders, and before that he worked for the Houston Texans, where he and LaFleur worked together under Gary Kubiak.
The Packers are also scheduled to interview 49ers assistant OL coach Adam Stenavich for this position, with additional interviews possible in the coming days.