Packers' staff takes shape with Joe Philbin, Mike Pettine as coordinators

Before Joe Philbin, left, departed to coach the Dolphins, he and Mike McCarthy, right, fielded top-10 offenses in Green Bay for five consecutive seasons. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy’s staff appears to be taking shape, and it’s a bit of a different shape in terms of job responsibilities.

The Green Bay Packers coach has all three coordinators in place, and a fourth assistant with a new title.

Here’s a look at McCarthy’s staff as it stands now. Most of the new positions have not been announced by the Packers but have been confirmed to ESPN.com:


Joe Philbin: The former Dolphins coach returns to the offensive-coordinator position he held before he got his first head-coaching job. Although Philbin did not call plays then and won’t this time around, either, the Packers offense never finished outside the top 10 when he held that job from 2007-11.

Frank Cignetti: The new quarterbacks coach replaces Alex Van Pelt, whose contract expired and was not renewed. His hiring was first reported by WTMJ-TV on Wednesday. Cignetti spent the past two seasons as the Giants quarterbacks coach under Ben McAdoo, a former Packers assistant coach. McAdoo was believed to be a candidate to rejoin McCarthy’s staff, but nothing is in the works.

Jim Hostler: Like Philbin, he comes from the Colts and will coach receivers. He and McCarthy worked together in San Francisco in 2005, when McCarthy was the offensive coordinator and Hostler the quarterbacks coach. He replaces Luke Getsy, who left to become the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State.

James Campen: The veteran offensive-line coach is expected to return for his 15th season on the Packers’ staff, making him their longest-tenured assistant coach. He essentially serves as the run-game coordinator.

Jeff Blasko: Campen’s assistant is expected to return for his third season on the staff.

Ben Sirmans: The running-backs coach will return for his third season.

Brian Angelichio: The tight-ends coach will return for his third season.

David Raih: Promoted to offensive-perimeter coach last season, he spent most of his time with the quarterbacks. With a new coordinator and QB coach, his role is yet to be determined.

Up in the air: Edgar Bennett, who served as offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, is not expected to return, although he’s still listed on the team’s website as a member of the coaching staff.


Mike Pettine: The former Browns coach was hired as defensive coordinator Tuesday. In his five years running defenses for the Jets and Bills, his units have never finished outside the top 10.

Joe Whitt: One of the three internal candidates for defensive coordinator, the longtime cornerbacks coach will return but with the title of passing-game coordinator, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Up in the air: The rest of the defensive staff will be put together by Pettine and McCarthy, who let go of defensive-line coach Mike Trgovac and assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley when he fired Dom Capers as coordinator. Linebackers coach Winston Moss and safeties coach Darren Perry were the other two internal candidates to interview for the defensive-coordinator job. Moss is far from a lock to be retained, and Perry’s status is still being worked out. Assistant defensive-line coach Jerry Montgomery also left to become the defensive-line coach at Texas A&M.

Special teams

Ron Zook: McCarthy said after the season that Zook would return for a fourth season as coordinator.

Jason Simmons: Zook’s assistant also is expected to return.