Packers freshman coordinators speak after rookie camp
For the first time since being able to coach their newest varsity players at rookie minicamp, Green Bay Packers coordinators spoke to the media on Tuesday. Offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich, defensive coordinator Joe Barry and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia all noted that these rookies are still learning the playbook, but they seemed generally happy with the progress they’ve made in the game. during a few workouts.
Stenavich was promoted to his position earlier this offseason after the Packers lost Nathaniel Hackett to the Denver Broncos, where he became the team’s head coach. The team also lost quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy, who was given an offensive coordinator position with the Chicago Bears. Stenavich, previously the team’s offensive line coach under head coach Matt LaFleur, is not expected to take over as the best player.
He noted, however, that he could call a pre-season game in August. As quarterback Aaron Rodgers once noted, every offensive coach usually has their section of the field to know inside and out. Unsurprisingly, the former offensive line coach’s specialty was the ground game in 2021.
Aaron Rodgers explained how the coaching staff divide situational football into attack:
Luke Getsy (QB) – Third Down
Steno/Butkus (OL) – Running game
Nathaniel Hackett (OC) – “Gold Zone” (Red Zone)
Jason Vrable (WR)-Two minutes
Justin Outten (TE)/Ben Sirmens (RB) – Short Distance/Goal Line
– Justis Mosqueda (#1 draft haver class) (@JuMosq) December 28, 2021
“When you have the ability to step back and see things from a broader perspective, it’s kind of cool because you can look at other coaching positions. You can see things from different angles than you couldn’t really see before because you were so busy coaching the offensive line,” Stenavich said. The freshman coordinator joked that it had been a while since he’d watched the drills at seven against seven and described his attacking style as “speed and physicality”, explaining how he wanted to stretch the pitch and direct the ball.
Stenavich also said the team wants to reunite running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon on the field, which could solve some of their skill position issues at receiver and near end. “We are delighted to have these two on the pitch. [together] and do a bunch of different things,” Steno said. It should be noted that the Packers played much more than their season averages in separate gun formations, with Jones and Dillon both in the backfield, against the Arizona Cardinals when receiver Davante Adams, among others, was unable to play. Jones was even used as a movement man from the slot and Dillon was transferred as a full-back in the I formation.
The company line on rookie receiver Christian Watson sticks, as it seems every member of the Packers responds with “size and speed” at some point during their press conferences. “[Watson’s] the combination of size and speed is excellent. He’s a big guy. He can move. He’s going to be a problem once he gets things figured out,” Stenavich said.
Green Bay’s other freshman coordinator Bisaccia, fresh off an interim head coaching job with the Las Vegas Raiders, pushed back against special teams being a phase of the game players don’t want participate. In his words, this helps gamers continue to play the game as professionals. As well as mentioning that a veteran like David Bakhtiari might have to play in field goal protection, he touched on the fact that cornerback Ronde Barber in year 17 of his career was part of the squad. kickoff, was a key player on the field goal block team, and participated in punt return coverage. It should come as no surprise that more starting offensive linemen and defensive backs are seeing the field in Phase Three of football for the Packers this season.