The Green Bay Packers continued to add to Matt LaFleur’s coaching staff this week, reportedly making another hire on Friday afternoon. According to Packersnews.com’s Jim Owczarski, the team is bringing over Kirk Olivadotti from Washington to be their new linebackers coach.
Olivadotti spent two stints in Washington, most recently coaching inside linebackers from 2014 to 2018. In that span, he helped develop college safety Su’a Cravens into a productive linebacker, and he could be asked to work similarly with the Packers’ Josh Jones. Prior to returning to Washington in 2014, he coached the linebackers at the University of Georgia, where several of his players became NFL draft picks.
Olivadotti also held several other posts for Washington between 2000 and 2010, including linebackers coach when the team ran a 4-3 scheme. He had one year of overlap with Matt LaFleur there, in that 2010 season when both men worked under head coach Mike Shanahan. This will be Olivadotti’s first NFL coaching job outside the Washington organization.
Although the report indicates that he will be the Packers’ linebackers coach, it seems likely that the inside linebackers will remain his priority.