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2018 Schedule
6-9-1, 3rd in NFC North

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Pettine said when Matt LaFleur was hired as the Packers coach "it was an easy decision" to come back as defensive coordinator. "I talked to him before he got hired, and I got the sense there was a lot of common ground," said Pettine, who had LaFleur's brother Mike on his staff with the Browns. He said wants the defense to take "a big jump" in Year 2.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

New Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on working with Aaron Rodgers: "You don't want to necessarily treat it as a start over," Hackett said. "The whole thing is about working together and bonding together." He also said there will be some crossover in concepts in their offense but the "emphasis of some of the things we want to do are going to be different."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur said former lead strength and conditioning coach Mark Lovat was the one who suggested that he promote Chris Gizzi to that position and let Lovat take on an assistant role. "That speaks to the kind of person that Mark Lovat is, he's a selfless individual," LaFleur said. "He suggested that."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur said he didn't necessarily seek out a QB coach who knew Aaron Rodgers but liked that Luke Getsy (the former Packers WR coach) played quarterback in college. "I reached out not only to Aaron but a couple of other guys just to find out what they thought of him as a man and a coach, and everybody gave him a thumb up," LaFleur said . He added that he planned to be in every quarterback meeting because "the relationship between the play caller and the quarterback is absolutely critical."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur will meet with the media at 11:30 a.m. CT to discuss his first coaching staff. Here's how his 24-member staff breaks down: Offense: Nathaniel Hackett (coordinator), Adam Stenavich (offensive line), Luke Butkus (OL assistant), Luke Getsy (quarterbacks), Alvis Whitted (receivers), Ben Sirmans* (running backs), Jason Outten (tight ends), Kevin Koger (quality control), Jason Vrable (offensive assistant). Defense: Mike Pettine* (coordinator), Jerry Montgomery* (defensive line), Kirk Olivadotti (inside linebackers), Mike Smith (outside linebackers), Jason Simmons* (defensive backs), Ryan Downard (assistant DBs), Wendel Davis (quality control), Christian Parker (quality control). Special teams: Shawn Mennenga (coordinator), Maurice Drayton (assistant), Rayna Stewart (quality control). Strength & conditioning: Chris Gizzi (coordinator)*, Mark Lovat (assistant)*, Thadeus Jackson (assistant)*, Grant Thorne (assistant)* *Retained from previous staff

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers are sticking with their strength and conditioning staff but restructuring it: Chris Gizzi is now the head man while Mark Lovat, Thadeus Jackson and Grant Thorne are the assistants. Previously, Lovat headed the program from 2010 on. Gizzi, the former Packers linebacker, had worked under Lovat since 2013.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers named Kevin Koger offensive quality control coach and Jason Vrable offensive assistant, which should round out Matt LaFleur's offensive staff. Koger comes from the college ranks, most recently the receivers coach at Eastern Kentucky. Vrable has an NFL background, having served as the Jets offensive assistant the past two seasons and then four years with the Bills prior to that.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

In the 2018 season, 35 NFL players played every regular-season snap on their side of the ball, according to the NFL cumulative playing time report. That's three more than the previous season. There were 30 offensive linemen (including Packers center Corey Linsley) plus two quarterbacks (Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson) and three defensive players (Broncos S Justin Simmons, Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins, Jaguars LB Myles Jack). The previous year, only one QB (Matt Ryan) played every snap, while three defensive players (Browns LB Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert, plus Jets LB Demario Davis) did so in 2017.

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have named Luke Butkus assistant offensive line coach. The nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus will assist O-line coach Adam Stenavich. Luke Butkus spent the past three seasons as the line coach at the University of Illinois. He has NFL experience as the Jaguars assistant O-line coach from 2013-15 and as a quality control assistant for the Seahawks (2010-11) and as an offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach for the Bears (2007-09).

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur is showing his commitment to special teams by hiring a third coach dedicated to that side of the ball: Rayna Stewart will be the Packers' special teams quality control coach, joining coordinator Shawn Mennenga and assistant Maurice Drayton. Stewart spent the last four seasons at Vanderbilt, where Mennenga coached last season.

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers coach Matt LaFleur still has a few openings left to fill on his staff: assistant offensive line and offensive quality control (could be two in that role). Also still has a decision to make on the strength and conditioning staff.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers announced the hiring of Shawn Mennenga as special teams coordinator, as ESPN reported yesterday, He will retain Maurice Drayton as special teams assistant. Matt LaFleur also hired hired Wendel Davis and Christian Parker as defensive quality control coaches. Both worked in college, Davis at Georgia and Parker at Texas A&M.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have hired Vanderbilt's Shawn Mennenga as special teams coach, a source told ESPN.com. He comes from the Dave Toub coaching tree. Toub is considered one of NFL's top special teams coach. Mennenga coached under former Browns special teams coach Chris Tabor, who worked for Toub before taking over as the Bears special teams coach last year. It's a big hire for new Packers coach Matt LaFleur because the Packers ranked last in the NFL in special teams, according to Rick Gosselin's annual rankings.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's how Matt LaFleur's first coaching staff is shaping up: Offensive coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett Offensive line: Adam Stenavich Quarterbacks: Luke Getsy Receivers: Alvis Whitted Running backs: Ben Sirmans* Tight ends: Jason Outten Defensive coordinator: Mike Pettine* Defensive line: Jerry Montgomery* Inside linebackers: Kirk Olivadotti Outside linebackers: Mike Smith Defensive backs: Jason Simmons* Special teams: TBA Strength and conditioning: TBA *Retained from previous staff

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur has hired Alvis Whitted to coach receivers. The 44-year-old spent the last seven years in college football as Colorado State's receivers coach. He also played the position. He was a seventh-round pick of the Jaguars in 1998, playing nine NFL seasons (four with the Jaguars and five with the Raiders). In 123 games, he caught 74 passes for 1,030 and six TDs.

Team Stats

Passing Yards264.9
Rushing Yards104.2
Points For23.5Tied-14th
Points Against25.0