Packers Morning Buzz: Coveted special teams coach set to interview

Stu Courtney
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

New Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was busy Monday, choosing former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to fill the same role in Green Bay and also lining up Miami Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzi for a visit.

We'll start with Tom Silverstein's story on the Hackett hire and what landing the highly regarded Rizzi could mean for the Packers' special teams.

Tom writes:

LaFleur was in hot pursuit of Miami Dolphins assistant coach Darren Rizzi, making it possible he would land the NFL’s best available special teams coach. He and Rizzi are expected to meet Tuesday, according to a league source, and undoubtedly LaFleur would like to see a deal worked out if the two are compatible.

The Packers were among half a dozen teams interested in Rizzi, who has been given permission to seek other jobs after coming in second in the search to replace fired head coach Adam Gase.

As this is Rizzi’s first interview, it’s possible LaFleur has the inside track. It’s unlikely the Packers would bring Rizzi to town if they weren’t willing to meet his asking price, which is expected to be high given his previous success.

There is a big drop off between Rizzi and the rest of the special teams coaches who are looking for jobs, so the Packers would be scoring a huge coup if they were able to land the 48-year-old coach.

You can read Tom's entire story here:

Pete Dougherty writes about the importance of LaFleur determining who will work primarily with Aaron Rodgers:

Near the end of this lengthy playoffs column, Albert Breer talks to Brian Gutekunst about the LaFleur hire:

The esteemed Peter King shares his conversation with LaFleur:

And in his "10 Things I Think I Think" section near the end of the same column, King expresses surprise over the lack of interest in Mike McCarthy during the league coaching searches:

Should Packers fans be rooting for the Rams' offense to light it up against the Saints?

ESPN's Rob Demovsky evaluates the Packers' rookie class:

New Jets coach Adam Gase, who interviewed with the Packers, is taking Twitter abuse for his facial contortions at his introductory news conference:

And the Jets made the proper response:

And finally: The Bears aren't ruling out signing former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, whom coach Mike Nagy knows from his time in Kansas City:


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