The Green Bay Packers made an extremely interesting move on Monday.
According to ESPN’s Rom Demovksy, the Packers hired Aubrey Pleasant this week.
Pleasant was recently let go by the Detroit Lions where he was serving as the passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach.
The former Wisconsin standout previously worked with Packers head coach Matt LaFleur when both were with the Los Angeles Rams under Sean McVay.
The Packers have brought on longtime NFL assistant coach Aubrey Pleasant, per sources.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 14, 2022
He joined the Packers last week, shortly after he was fired as defensive coach of the Lions. He previously worked with Packers coach Matt LaFleur in Washington and with the Rams.
According to Demovksy, Pleasant will be working with LaFleur and the offensive staff.
The idea is that Pleasant can give Green Bay’s offensive coaches an idea of what he’s seeing from a defensive perspective. In other words, it’s basically like the Packers are trying to reverse-engineer their offense.
I think this is a terrific move by LaFleur and the Packers. Another set of trained eyes is always helpful. And with Green Bay’s defensive staff obviously having their hands full with game preparation and practice each week, having a coach dedicated entirely to scouting the offense from a defensive perspective is a great idea.
This probably isn’t going to lead to any new wrinkles with the offense — though that’s certainly possible — but it could lead to some plays being erased from the playbook. Or maybe Pleasant will see a way that other defenses are exploiting certain weaknesses the Packers don’t even realize they have.
Regardless of what actually comes from this hire, it’s a tremendous move by Green Bay and it has the potential to pay major dividends.
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