After many tough personnel decisions, with more to come, Mike McCarthy has brought in two offensive minds to fill empty voids. Former Indianapolis Colts receivers coach Jim Hostler will replace Luke Getsy in the same role. And, returning since he was the offensive coordinator for McCarthy from 2007-2011, Joe Philbin will rejoin the Packers staff. Philbin was another steal from Indianapolis where he was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach. His job title in Green Bay has yet to be determined.
Yes, amidst the Packers chase for a new GM, McCarthy has kept busy. First, he fired defensive coordinated Dom Capers. This news was forthcoming, but McCarthy didn’t stop there. He was not pleased with a couple of coaches Capers brought in during his reign and told them to take a hike as well. Inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac are now gone.
McCarthy didn’t stop on the defensive side of the ball either. Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt were also released. In fact, only one coach left voluntarily. After three seasons in Green Bay, former wide receivers coach, Luke Getsy, will be the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State.
Bennett was asked to remain on staff as the Packers receivers coach but declined. The Packers looked elsewhere and found Hostler. Hostler and McCarthy go way back to their days in New Orleans where they worked together from 2001-2002. Hostler worked under McCarthy who was the offensive coordinator.
Philbin seems like the logical choice to replace Bennett. He was the Packers coordinator for their 2010 Super Bowl run and touted some impressive numbers during the four years he spent with Rodgers. Not once did they fall out of the top 10 in points scored. Rodgers was sad to see Philbin accept a head coaching job in Miami in 2012, but Philbin was a well sought after candidate at the time. If he is able to reestablish himself with the Packers, he could be a head coach again someday.
“I owe a lot of my success to working under him. He helped me a lot over the years with different reminders,” Rodgers said.
Surely, Rodgers and Philbin can rekindle the chemistry they once had. Meanwhile, maybe Hostler can breathe some life into an underperforming receiving corps.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.