McCarthy Announces Final Coaching Staff Changes

The Packers head coach has made several moves in finalizing his new staff. 

From the Packers

The Green Bay Packers have named Brian Angelichio tight ends coach, Ejiro Evero defensive quality control coach, Luke Getsy wide receivers coach, David Raih assistant offensive line coach and Ben Sirmans running backs coach. Head Coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement Wednesday. 

The finalized staff is below:

Offensive Coaching Staff

  • Tom Clements – Associate Head Coach/Offense
  • Edgar Bennett – Offensive Coordinator
  • Brian Angelichio – Tight Ends
  • James Campen – Offensive Line
  • Luke Getsy – Wide Receivers
  • David Raih – Assistant Offensive Line
  • Ben Sirmans – Running Backs
  • Alex Van Pelt – Quarterbacks
     

Defensive Coaching Staff

  • Winston Moss – Associate Head Coach/Linebackers
  • Dom Capers – Defensive Coordinator
  • Ejiro Evero – Defensive Quality Control
  • Scott McCurley – Assistant Linebackers
  • Jerry Montgomery – Defensive Front Assistant
  • Darren Perry – Secondary – Safeties
  • Mike Trgovac – Defensive Line
  • Joe Whitt Jr. – Secondary – Cornerbacks
     

Special Teams Coaching Staff

  • Ron Zook – Special Teams Coordinator
  • Jason Simmons – Assistant Special Teams
     

Strength and Conditioning Staff

  • Mark Lovat – Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
  • Chris Gizzi – Strength & Conditioning Assistant
  • Thadeus Jackson – Strength & Conditioning Assistant
  • Grant Thorne – Strength & Conditioning Assistant

McCarthy spoke with Larry McCarren about all the new hires for Packers.com. You can view the video here

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ray nichkee's picture

February 17, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Sounds like McCarthy also realized vVan Pelt had no business coaching the WRs let alone two positions. Who is Luke Getsy?

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ray nichkee's picture

February 17, 2016 at 10:51 pm

I looked him up. Offensive quality control with the pack the last 2 years. Not a huge resume. I hope it works.

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Packer_Pete's picture

February 18, 2016 at 06:11 am

Apparently he has already worked with the WRs (JSOnline article) but wasn't in charge. So now he is. Let's see how that works out. At least I am glad there will be a full time WR coach. Desperately needed with all the young guys there.

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Bearmeat's picture

February 17, 2016 at 11:28 pm

What exactly does an "associate head coach" do? Especially when there are two of them - and neither happen to coordinate their units.

This staff has too many cooks in the kitchen.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 18, 2016 at 12:55 am

I'd say MM is painfully slow to change, per usual, but I won't elaborate on MM's stubbornness because at least the WR/QB coaching spots have been separated.

As for the Associate Head Coach positions, two things: 1) The technical organizational flow chart doesn't always mean that that is the way things actually work; 1a) Winston Moss has been the Associate Head Coach - Linebackers since 2007, but there is no doubt in my mind that Capers makes all the important decisions on defense; 2) I am not so sure that the same clear dominance applies between Clements and Bennett. I am sure that MM has the final say, but he has other duties.

BTW - Moss went from being the Assistant Head Coach - Linebackers to being the Associate Head Coach - Linebackers some years ago. These titles mostly are so that GB can in more situations deny the opportunity to their coaches to interview for other positions.

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Packer_Pete's picture

February 18, 2016 at 06:15 am

The problem is that we from the outside never know who is doing what exactly. It's just titles, seems like the government to me. But that is also what it is hard to judge exactly, who was in charge of what. So we don't know whether Bennett actually is "just" a good coach, but not really good game planning...

The titles are there from preventing other teams to hire or even interview for positions at the same level. From what I understand, always has to be a move up. So Moss or Capers couldn't be hired by any team for positions other than HC.

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Oppy's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:06 am

As TGR stated, you are correct.

The way the NFL is structured, a coach can only break his contract to go to another team if he is offered a position higher up the ladder than his current position. Assistants can break contract and leave for a lead position coaching gig, positional coaches can escape for a coordinator role, and coordinators are able to fly the coop for a HC gig.

That's probably also why the title for Moss (and now clements) was changed to "associate" as opposed to the prior "assistant" Head Coach. Someone in the league must have argued that since they are assistants, they should have the right to offer them a positional coaching job. Just a guess.

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Vrog's picture

February 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Are you sure they can't be blocked from interviewing for any position other than Head Coach?

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Oppy's picture

February 18, 2016 at 06:46 pm

I don't believe a team can stop a coach from interviewing for or taking a job that is a promotion. The Packers could block a TE coach from interviewing for a QB coaching position. They could not block a LB coach from a Defensive Coordinator position. That is my understanding, at any rate.

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Tundraboy's picture

February 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Bearmeat, I agree. That is some organization chart, many companies have less bureaucracy. Glad to see QB and WR separate, but Safeties from DBs? Seems Whitt should be the boss of both.

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Oppy's picture

February 18, 2016 at 06:52 pm

It's been this way since Darren Perry arrived in GB in 2009.

For what it's worth, Dick LeBeau has said of Perry (who played under LeBeau and served under LeBeau as defensive backs coach both in Cinci and Pittsburgh) that Perry is going to be "an excellent Defensive Coordinator in this league one day."

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badaxed's picture

February 19, 2016 at 11:25 am

In 1967 "Lombardi's last year" when the won super bowl 2. there was "6" assistant coaches for the whole team........ Not 16 assistants not including the weight room guys.........
Do more coaches equate a better team..........I tend to agree with Bearmeat......too many cooks in the packer kitchen.

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Rossonero's picture

February 17, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Pleased with this decision. Hopefully we're celebrating this time next season and can point to this being a contributing factor. So glad van Pelt only has QBs now. That was a doomed experiment.

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Amanofthenorth's picture

February 18, 2016 at 01:47 am

Step one: get good people on the bus.
Luxury one: get them in the right seats

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Nick Perry's picture

February 18, 2016 at 05:47 am

Looked up Getsky, he played QB at Pitt for 2 years then transfered to Akron and won the Motor City Bowl!!!!!!!!! His coaching career is REALLY thin where he's coached at schools I've never heard of other than one year as WR coach at Western Michigan.

Should have brought in Donald Driver, think he would have been a better choice given this guys experience.

Aren't "Quality Control Coaches" a step above an unpaid intern?

Clements is there because MM didn't want to upset Rodgers, plain and simple. That might sound far fetched, but judging by Rodgers pouting attitude when Clements was relieved of his duties as play caller last year, it might not be that far off. The guy is never going to be anything other than a good QB coach.

Bennett is still the OC because he's actually a pretty good coach and a demotion might have driven him away. His game plans lacked any imagination last year and he was painfully slow to adjust. Hopefully he learned something last year.

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Packer_Pete's picture

February 18, 2016 at 06:22 am

You're spot on, except for that I'm not so sure that Driver would be a good WR coach. One never knows whether great players will turn into good coaches.

Getsy was OC at West Virginia Wesleyan, then assistant at Pitt, then 1 yr WR coach at Western Michigan, and then 2 yrs OC/QB coach at Indiana U of Penn in Pittsburgh. (was all in a JSOnline article) Not a huge resume, but I'm waiting to see whether he will be good or not. Everybody has to start out sometime somewhere. Not all can be on a SB winning staff from the beginning...

For now I am glad there is a full time WR coach. Raih is the much more curious choice, though. He has never worked as a coach with OL, and it's not his background at all, even though he played QB at Iowa and should be familiar with OL calls and such. He was 'coaching admin' for the last 2 years, whatever that means...

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Nick Perry's picture

February 18, 2016 at 04:25 pm

Hey Pete, I saw the article on JS too. Here's where I got my info on him. Hey lets just hope he's the next Joe Whitt of our Coaching Staff! Then we have something!!

You might be right on Driver, I was being a bit of a smart ass there. With the youth the Packers have at the position I would have really liked to see someone more established but they ALL have to start somewhere to be great someday!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Getsy#Coaching_career

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Evan's picture

February 18, 2016 at 07:19 am

"Getsky's coaching resume is too thin, let's bring in the guy with ZERO coaching experience!!"

https://i.imgur.com/iWKad22.jpg

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Jersey Al's picture

February 18, 2016 at 07:56 am

Quality control coach is the spot you give to young guys who you really like that don't have much experience. It's on-the-job training and lets you vet them to see if your hunch on them was right.

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Oppy's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:12 am

Yep.

I'm also fairly sure that they are typically tasked with breaking down opponent film, putting together cut ups which become the focal points for film study, highlighting tendencies of opposing offense/defenses, highlight specific quirks. shortcomings, or 'tells' in specific players you'll be lining up against the next week.

If you are going to be a NFL position coach, it's probably a great way to get your feet wet.

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dobber's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:14 am

I think (and I'm no expert) that seeing him move directly into a positional coach position with his short track record means that they really think a lot of him.

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Oppy's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:31 am

I'm sure MM had a lot of information on this kid back when he was a player in Pittsburgh. I'm sure MM has all sorts of coaches around the PIT area he gets info from. Add in this kid's time in SF, more connections for MM in that building as well.

Obviously, McCarthy heard good things from somewhere, brought the guy into the fold two years ago, and really liked what they saw up close and personal.

Overall, I don't really care to hear about coaching changes unless it's a coordinator job. We just don't really see enough of the day-to-day of these guys to make educated appraisals of their worthiness for the position.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:48 am

I agree with most of the comments above except for Donald Driver. I see no reason to think that Driver can teach anybody anything. As far as I know, Driver's coaching experience is coaching "the biggest losers." Pass.

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Nick Perry's picture

February 18, 2016 at 04:32 pm

I was really just kinda being a smart ass with that comment. Although Driver has a hell of a lot more time around a Football Field than Getsky.

A Ex-Packers coach came to mind when talking about coaching experience, one that had absolutely zero before joining the Packers other than being an assistant during TC one summer. His name was Kevin Greene

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Evan's picture

February 18, 2016 at 05:09 pm

That's why you got a smart ass reply...jk

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Nick Perry's picture

February 19, 2016 at 05:03 am

LOL...You're absolutely correct, didn't take it personal. Pete is right, just because they were a good player doesn't mean they can coach. Look at Bart Starr, although any coach following Devine was going to have a tough time winning.

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Packer_Pete's picture

February 18, 2016 at 09:06 am

It would be interesting to know and hear from guys who have coached in the NFL what exactly position coaches do, what quality control coaches do, etc. I think as casual fans, we may have a general idea, but don't entirely know what is going on. All we know that most of those guys are workaholics...

Maybe an idea for an article :-)

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egbertsouse's picture

February 18, 2016 at 07:52 am

Damn, I was hoping Dum Capers was finally retiring to FL where he belongs. I know it's fashionable to love him nowadays because the D wasn't total trash but I'm still tired of watching him run his 90's system while trying to stuff square pegs into round holes and seeing guys like Wade Phillips get to the Super Bowl by designing a system to maximize the talent he has. OK, let the insults commence, I'm ready...

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dobber's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:16 am

Yes, but how bad has Wade Phillips looked at times in some of his other stops? I think that if Dom had some of the horses that Phillips was playing with this year in Denver, that he'd look just as good.

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February 18, 2016 at 09:09 am

Exactly! I also know that DC has a lot of respect in the NFL. I've heard interviews with offensive coaches of other teams who always say it is a big challenge to prepare for the schemes and formations that Dom throws at them...
Overall I think Dom has done a good job especially this past season, and the D was good enough to go all the way. The O was not...

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lou's picture

February 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

Yes Pete the D was good enough as was the special teams, any level of offense close to the 2 previous years brings the Lombardi Trophy home. Both Wade and Dom as their longevity suggests are top D Coordinators. Here is something to think about that doesn't get mentioned, remember after 6 games the Packers and Bronco's were both undefeated. Wade Phillip's strategy on how to stop the Nelson less Packers offense not only did that but gave the other opponents a "blue print" on how to do the same. Phillip's was the best coach in the NFL last year, I think Brady and Belichek can agree on that as well as some guy named Newton.

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Jersey Al's picture

February 18, 2016 at 07:57 am

If you caught it, in that video, McCarthy mentions some "adjustments" they will be making in the defense this off-season...

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RCPackerFan's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:02 am

I saw that. I am wondering what 'adjustments' he will be making.

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Oppy's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:27 am

I have not watched the video, but this surprises me a little bit.. considering the defense's needle seems to have been pointing up since the last few weeks of the 2014 season.

I thought 2015 was an overall positive for the defense.

I suppose, with the number of FAs potentially being lost on D this off season, perhaps adjustments to scheme will be warranted.

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Tundraboy's picture

February 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Good point about player changes. Adjustments he refers too may be an indication that there will be a few guys that will not be resigned.

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Packer_Pete's picture

February 18, 2016 at 09:11 am

Well, I know that the O better makes adjustments. the D overall was playing much better than the O...

I do think that the team needs a better LB coach. When Kevin Greene was OLB coach, it seems to me all played a little better. IDK, other teams have pass rushing specialist coaches, or at least split up ILB and OLB coaching positions. Not sure Moss is that great a coach, even though he really was a good player.

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RCPackerFan's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:01 am

I am happy they actually have a WR coach this year. Though, how much of a lack of a WR coach really made a difference? If Nelson, Cobb, Adams, Montgomery all don't get hurt, would we be talking about the lack of a WR coach last year, and would we be praising McCarthy for going without one?

I know basically nothing about Getsy. Other then I wish his first name was Leo. OK, Ok, Ok...
The one thing I do know is that Nelson and Cobb were lobbying for him to become the WR coach. I don't think you could have any better references then that.

I am looking forward to seeing what Brian Angelichio does with the TE's. He has had a really good track record of developing TE's. Same with Ben Sirmans as RB's coach.

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Packer_Pete's picture

February 18, 2016 at 09:16 am

"how much of a lack of a WR coach really made a difference"... as casual fans we don't know. But I do think that especially the younger guys could benefit from someone who could focus on teaching them to run correct routes, and to not give away the route right away from the snap. At times, the route running looked dreadful. Not just WR, but TE as well. that is why I really am excited to see Angelichio. With what talent he had in Cleveland, he really brought out the max there. Shouldn't be a miracle to see better production from that position in the Packers O, especially given the pathetic QB situation in Cleveland vs Packers.
Sirmans also did a good job with RBs with the Rams. Before gurley he didn't have much to work with there, but got good production out of not so talented guys...

I would love to see Forte instead of Starks in this O. With Sirmans at coach. I know it would only be a stopgap for a year or so, but I think it would be an instant upgrade, especially then having a receiving RB...

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RCPackerFan's picture

February 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

As fans, we just don't know. But I agree with you on the route running and whatnot. How much would've having a dedicated WR coach last year helped guys like Adams, and Janis to run better routes. I think the younger players is where you see the biggest help from a good position coach. Think about what Joe Whitt has done with these young CB's he has had.

I completely about Angelichio and Sirmans. Just looking at their track records is impressive.
The guys that could really benefit are guys like Kennard Backman, Mitchell Henry at TE, and John Crockett, Aaron Ripkowski at RB.

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dobber's picture

February 18, 2016 at 08:18 am

No expert, but the DL play was improved this season (adding 330 lbs of BJ Raji on the nose definitely helps). I wonder how much Jerry Montgomery had to do with that. I thought he was an underrated addition last spring...hopefully the upward trend in DL play continues.

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Scott Sieleman's picture

February 18, 2016 at 09:56 am

Who is the linebacker coach!! and what's wrong with Mr. Green?

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WinUSA's picture

February 18, 2016 at 03:52 pm

I would take the man back in a heartbeat... I will always remember him screaming at Mathews during the last gasp attempt by Pittsburg to go ahead in the 4th..."NOW IS THE TIME, NOW IS THE TIME"

...and everyone remembers the result...

That's a passionate coaching leader...

I hope the bridge he burned can be repaired and the Pack welcomes him back.

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Evan's picture

February 18, 2016 at 05:11 pm

I don't think he burned any bridges. And, yea, I'd love for him to come back.

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lou's picture

February 18, 2016 at 10:35 am

In reference to a veteran becoming the new WR coach I would suggest James Jones as a candidate. Based on solid but not special talents he has been a very productive WR, and a locker room leader for the young WR's per the insight given by those that cover the team for a living. Not being a top talent and playing well for 9 seasons means you have to fully understand the game and Jones has done that. He may be able to play another year at best but if he and the team would have interest in him coaching that would allow him to start the next step in his career where it stared.

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WinUSA's picture

February 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Honestly??? A group of receivers who by most would agree underperformed last year, now being coached by a person with very little pro coaching experience... are you telling me that this was the best available????

I could think of teams like New Orleans, New England, San Diego, Denver, etc., who had innovative schemes, and were able to adjust to multiple defense...one of these teams must have a talent that is an assistant coach just dying to get an opportunity to step up to be a receivers coach of a top NFL team like the Packers.

I can't believe that this would be budgetary situation.

A very disappointing selection to me of what I consider to be a crucial and critical position.

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February 18, 2016 at 02:19 pm

Apparently, Nelson and Cobb kind of lobbied for Getsy to get the WR coach job. Hope he helps improve this WR Corp. They need to work on getting off press coverage. They've struggled with that for a few years now.

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