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Packers Announce New Coaching Changes

Packers HC Matt Lafleur announced four new coaching changes on Thursday.

Jason Simmons has been promoted to defensive backs coach, and Ryan Downard to assistant defensive backs coach. Jerry Montgomery and Ben Sirmans have been retained as defensive line coach and running backs coach respectively.

Simmons, now in his ninth year with the Packers, will take over the defensive backs coaching spot. After playing in the NFL for ten seasons, he became a coaching administrator for the Packers in 2011, was promoted to a defensive/special teams assistant in 2014, and was the assistant special teams coach from 2015-2017. 

Ryan Downard becomes the assistant defensive backs coach after being promoted from a defensive quality control position. Before coming to Green Bay in 2018, he worked two seasons at Bowling Green as their safties coach, and director of football operations. 

Montgomery will be entering his fifth season as a member of the Packers staff and his second as defensive line coach. He has been a key piece in the development of Kenny Clark, who is a big part of Mike Pettine's defensive scheme, and will look to replicate Mike Daniels' dominance from his previous seasons. 

Sirmans will remain on the Packers staff for his fourth season, after helping Green Bay hold the second most yards per carry average in the NFL in 2018, a year that also saw Aaron Jones end up as the NFL's leading running back in yards per carry average. 


Ryne Ryskoski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV and attends Texas A&M University where he is majoring in journalism in hopes to one day write for a pro sports team. He can be contacted directly through twitter @rusty_ryskoski_.

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Lare's picture

Once Mennenga signs his contract he'll also be announced. Now the staff can get down to business acclimating themselves with the schemes and evaluating the current players on the roster.

One area LaFleur has not yet addressed is the strength & conditioning staff. It will be interesting to see if he stays with the current staff or takes it in a new (hopefully more healthy) direction.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Given some of the position coaches released it would be pretty shocking to se no changes in Strength and Conditioning.

Coach JV's picture

We definitely need an overhaul in the S&C dept. Too many ankles and hamstrings. I know that all teams have injuries, but for us, it's the same injuries all the time, to the same players all the time... so something isn't right.

PAPackerbacker's picture

Coach, I agree. I've been saying this for the last 3 or 4 years now. There are far to many injuries and many times same old same old injuries to the same players as you stated. Packers need new S & C coaches as well. Should have been replaced at least a couple years ago.

D Ernie's picture

I blame Ted t who ignored players college injury reports and just drafted guys. King, serious shoulder injuries in college, missed parts of two seasons. Ya a real find.

Coach JV's picture

That's a very good point too... Ted did have a tendency to bring in injury-prone guys.

Hawg Hanner's picture

With all the hamstring injuries something that could or should be done isn't.

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

Just draft and develop players with desire, passion, commitment, and motivation like David B. at left tackle, Blake Martinez or Hawk~. The rest will take care of itself!

PatrickGB's picture

I read that the soft injuries that we had were about league average. Maybe it’s just plan bad luck. But if that’s not true we probably need an up and coming S&C coach. Just like the other coaching spots there have been lots of changes in sports physiology and training. There is no reason why this team cannot take advantage.

The TKstinator's picture

Maybe it just seems like GB has more than their share because the Packers are the only ones under our personal microscopes.

fastmoving's picture

well said....

Old School's picture

So....January has ended. Only two teams are still playing. The rest are preparing for 2019.

We've hired a new coach who has staffed his assistant positions. Our entire starting offense is under contract, along with key backups. Most of our starting defense is under contract already.

And we still have FA and the draft to strengthen the team. This has been a very, very good January for us.

Of our FAs, I would assume we'd be looking to resign Breeland. We have a bunch of FAs that we can probably resign for close to the minimum like Brice, Matthews, Campbell, Allison, Tonyan and Kumerow.

Obviously, the big questions are going to revolve around Cobb and Matthews. Cobb only played in 9 games, but he's averaged about 14 games/season, and he's reasonably productive when he's on the field.

Spotrac compares him to similar players and their deals and places his value at about 7.5 million/year. He's clearly one of our best WRs if he's on the field.

Allison would come considerably cheaper, and he's younger by 4 years.

Matthews at 33......I think you have to pass. Right now, we've got Fackrell and Perry at OLB and not really anything behind them. I'd think this would be a good spot to target a FA AND an early draft pick.

Lare's picture

I don't know how much of any current player's performance was due to talent or coaching, both good and bad. I'm really looking forward to seeing what player decisions are made now that we have a completely new, unbiased coaching staff evaluating them.

There's going to be a lot of pressure on Gutekunst and the new coaching staff to make this team competitive next season. Many of these coaches are taking a major step up the coaching ladder in their careers. If a current player can't help them be successful, you can bet they'll be looking for other players that can.

Coach JV's picture

I agree Lare.

This coaching staff is hungry and have a lot to prove. I believe they will surround themselves with players who are just as hungry.

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