Jeff Hafley’s first coaching staff as defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers won’t include Jerry Montgomery, the team’s long-time defensive line coach. According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Montgomery won’t be returning and is actively searching for other coaching opportunities.
Montgomery, 44, has been in Green Bay since the 2015 season. Originally hired by Mike McCarthy, he has worked under three different defensive coordinators in Green Bay: Dom Capers, Mike Pettine and Joe Barry.
Montgomery was a defensive front assistant from 2015 to 2017 and has been defensive line coach since 2018. He added run game coordinator to his titles in 2022 under Barry.
Montgomery’s most notable accomplishment in Green Bay was the long-term development and success of Pro Bowl defensive lineman Kenny Clark, a first-round pick in the 2016 draft.
The Packers are expected to transition to a 4-3 base defense under Jeff Hafley and may want edge rushers and interior defensive linemen coached as one single position group moving forward.
The Packers are also losing defensive quality control assistant Justin Hood, who accepted a job as the secondary coach on Raheem Morris’ new staff with the Atlanta Falcons. Hood held the quality control job in Green Bay for three seasons.
Expect coach Matt LaFleur to announce a new-look coaching staff at some point in the near future.