While it isn’t hot off the presses if it doesn’t involve the trade of Aaron Rodgers, significant news continues to flow from the Green Bay Packers organization.
Most recently, such updates included one in which the franchise named special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia its new assistant head coach, just one rung on the ladder below head coach Matt LaFleur. Bisaccia will also continue on in his role as the Packers special teams coordinator.
LaFleur announced the decision on Friday, March 10, as well as a handful of other coaching moves that the team subsequently listed in a post to its official website.
“The Green Bay Packers have promoted Rich Bisaccia to assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, hired Greg Williams as passing game coordinator (defense), promoted Ryan Downard to defensive backs coach, promoted Jason Rebrovich to pass rush specialist and hired Tim Lester as senior analyst, Rob Grosso as an offensive quality control coach and Kyle Wilber as special teams quality control coach,” the post noted.
Bisaccia Flipped Packers Special Teams From Liability to Strength in 1 Year
Bisaccia served as special teams coordinator for the Las Vegas Raiders before assuming the duties of interim head coach there to finish out the 2021 campaign. He landed in Green Bay last season where he was tasked with turning around a problematic special teams unit that contributed significantly the Packers’ early exit from the previous playoffs via a home loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
With him Bisaccia brought backup wide receiver and kick returner Keisean Nixon, though after his performance in 2022, perhaps Nixon’s title should be amended to kick returner extraordinaire.
Nixon led the NFL in kick return yards with 1,009 total, despite not assuming the duties full-time until midseason. He was ultimately named a first-team All Pro at the position, the first Packers player to win that honor in franchise history. Nixon also scored a kick-return touchdown in 2022, posting the longest return in the NFL for the season with the 105-yard score.
Bisaccia is not a stranger to the distinction of assistant/associate head coach, a title he has held in 12 different campaigns across his 21-year NFL career. …read more