A devoted Green Bay Packers enthusiast took a bold step by submitting an application for the team’s vacant defensive coordinator position, prompting a gracious response from team president/CEO Mark Murphy.
Dan McDermott shared on X/Twitter that his cousin Bill had indeed applied for the Packers’ defensive coordinator role, which became available last month. In a display of professionalism, Murphy personally replied to Bill:
“Bill, Thanks so much for your cover letter and resume regarding our Defensive Coordinator position. While your fantasy football experience is impressive, I regret to inform you that we have decided to go in a different direction. I hear the Bears have an opening – you look to be a perfect fit for them. Thanks again. Sincerely-Mark.”
The Packers bid farewell to defensive coordinator Joe Barry after three seasons, with former Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley recently appointed as Matt LaFleur’s successor.
Hafley brings a wealth of NFL experience, having previously served as an assistant for teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers. Prior to his tenure at BC, Hafley held roles as co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Ohio State.
Before joining the Packers, 53-year-old Barry served as the Los Angeles Rams’ assistant head coach and linebackers coach from 2017 to 2020.
The Packers wrapped up an unexpected 9-win season, marking the first year of the post-Aaron Rodgers era. Their playoff journey included a thrilling upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Super Wild Card Weekend.
Despite a valiant effort from Jordan Love and the team, the eventual NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers narrowly escaped with a 24-21 win in the Divisional Round, providing an exciting conclusion to the Packers’ season.