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Packers parts ways with defensive assistant coach Joe Whitt Jr.

Joe Whitt Jr, Packers

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Green Bay Packers have fired their passing game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr.

This comes as no surprise with their addition of head coach Matt LaFleur Whitt would be on his way out. LaFleur was the offensive coordinator with the Tennesse Titans after being the offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams the year prior. He’s spent his entire professional as a quarterbacks coach, most recently with the Washington Redskins, the Atlanta Falcons, and Notre Dame.

LaFleur was very successful in coaching Marcus Mariota. His more advanced modern-day offensive system with lots of motion and unique formations will be coming to Green Bay to breathe some much-needed life into their offense.

Last season, former Packers coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers would clash seemingly every week. Nearly every possession Rodgers would audible out of McCarthy’s play call, and it caused tension among the entire team. Soon enough, McCarthy was fired a few weeks into the season. After being their coach for such a long time, Rodgers needed something fresh.

Rodgers now gets to perform in an offensive system that will not only save his legs but his body in general. By not having to freelance and scramble as much in LaFleur’s system, he can find his offensive weapons like Jimmy Graham and DaVante Adams fairly easily. The field will open up for Rodgers. He’ll no longer have to create his own offense, and he can trust his arm and his coach to make winning plays.

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