Matt LaFleur open to Nathaniel Hackett returning to Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — It appears to be like like one coordinator is staying with the Inexperienced Bay Packers, and a former one might have an opportunity to return.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur concurrently gave defensive coordinator Joe Barry a vote of confidence whereas he additionally broached the topic of a return by Nathaniel Hackett, the previous Inexperienced Bay offensive coordinator who was fired as Denver Broncos coach final month lower than a 12 months into his tenure.

“I think I’ve definitely entertained all that,” LaFleur mentioned Monday. “I think you can never have enough great coaches, and certainly you guys know how I feel about Nathaniel and the job he did here. But again, just getting started into the evaluation phase. I did talk to him after he got let go in Denver. I know that he needs some family time as well.”

That preliminary dialog was extra about checking in on a pal than it was job-related. LaFleur known as the offensive performs even when Hackett served because the Packers’ offensive coordinator from 2019 to 2021, and did so once more final season with Adam Stenavich within the offensive coordinator seat. Stenavich is anticipated to stay in that position whether or not Hackett returns or not.

LaFleur additionally didn’t utterly dismiss the concept that he might surrender offensive playcalling to be extra concerned in different areas of the crew — such because the inconsistent protection and the shortage of self-discipline that confirmed up at occasions throughout this 12 months’s 8-9 season. Nonetheless, he has talked about that in previous offseasons however by no means made the swap.

“As far as the playcalling’s concerned, yeah that’s crossed my mind in terms of I want to do whatever’s best for us to have success,” LaFleur mentioned. “If we feel like that is the best way for us to win games, then I would 100% hand that over.”

It comes after quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night time appeared to query a few of LaFleur’s playcalls late within the season-ending loss to the Lions.

“Those last three calls definitely sting a little bit,” Rodgers mentioned. “But still got to execute.”

When informed of that remark, LaFleur mentioned Monday: “I would say yeah, if that’s what he said, then he probably didn’t like the playcall.”

As for Barry, whose job appeared to be unsure halfway via the season when the Packers misplaced 5 straight video games, LaFleur mentioned he noticed enchancment on the defensive facet of the ball because the season went on.

“We played well enough to win [against the Lions] on the defensive side of the ball.”

Nothing shall be ultimate till LaFleur completes his employees evaluations within the coming days, however when requested particularly whether or not Barry would return for a 3rd season as defensive coordinator, LaFleur mentioned: “That’s what I anticipate.”

“I don’t really anticipate a whole lot, if any staff changes at all,” LaFleur added. “Certainly I think there’s a lot of things that all of us can improve upon, most notably myself. But I do believe in the people, not only in the locker room, but our coaching staff. And like I said, are there a lot of things that we’ve got to improve upon? Absolutely. No doubt about it.”