Mike Pettine and longtime protege reconvene: Mike Smith named as Packers' OLBs coach

-- Slowly but surely, Matt LaFleur's vision is coming together in Green Bay.

On Friday, the Packers announced the addition of Mike Smith to their defensive coaching staff. He's the team's new outside linebackers coach, assuming the same role held in 2018 for the Kansas City Chiefs.

For two seasons, Smith was the assistant defensive line coach for the Chiefs. His work in 2018 helped linebacker Dee Ford register a career year just before he's set to hit the market and become a free agent this spring. 

Smith was an easy choice, simply because of his longtime connection to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The decision was presumably almost entirely made by Pettine.

As early as Smith's playing days in Baltimore which spanned from 2005 through 2008, he played in a Ravens defense -- as a seventh-round pick -- that featured Pettine as the team's outside linebackers coach; Pettine held the position for the entirety of Smith's playing career, which technically lasted just 14 games in four seasons.

The two reconvened again in 2010 when Smith was brought on as an intern for the New York Jets. Pettine, who was hired on as the team's defensive coordinator the year prior, would share the same defensive staff with Smith through 2012. Smith was promoted to linebackers coach in 2011 for two seasons.

"He probably spends more time than a whole lot of the other coaches on all the small parts of everyday practice that people don't even recognize," said former Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin of Smith in 2011, according to New York Daily News. "On top of that, he's spending hours upon hours working with me. Obviously, I'm grateful for a reason.

"He's gone above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to me. He's definitely done a lot as far as helped to bring me along that he didn't have to do. He knows how good I want to be and I think he wants to help me get there."

Maybin has long since retired after a brief stint in the CFL. His six-sack impact in 2011 has been forgotten and essentially lost in the archives simply as a first-round flop.

That doesn't mean Smith can't find a way to maximize and incite the talents from within fresh blood.

With Clay Matthews set to become a free agent and Nick Perry a likely candidate to receive a post-June 1 cut, the cupboard is currently empty at the position for Smith. The Packers are certainly on the market for edge help in both free agency and the draft, with many analysts expecting them to land one of the top edge rusher prospects at No. 12 overall.

Smith will turn 38 before the start of the 2019 regular season, adding to the growing list of coaching assistants on LaFleur's staff under the age of 40.

The Packers announced Kirk Olivadotti as their inside linebackers coach this week, as well as the additions of tight ends coach Justin Outten and offensive line coach Adam Stenavich.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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CoachJV's picture

January 25, 2019 at 08:06 pm

Damn good hire!

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Since'61's picture

January 25, 2019 at 08:11 pm

Very solid hire. Should be a great asset for Pettine and the Packers OLB position group. Go Pack Go!
Thanks, Since '61

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Skip greenBayless's picture

January 25, 2019 at 08:18 pm

" The decision was presumably almost entirely made by Pettine."

Been following Mike Smith for years. A great great hire for once. Now I know why. Thank God we have someone with some type of experience on this coaching staff making good decisions. Pettine is the glue keeping this team from falling totally apart.

Dash

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CoachJV's picture

January 26, 2019 at 06:47 am

This would have been a great supportive statement if you would have left out " making good decisions. Pettine is the glue keeping this team from falling totally apart."

Your statement would have then been pleasurable to read without all of the negativity.

Not bashing you Dash, just giving constructive communication ideas.

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Rak47's picture

January 25, 2019 at 08:32 pm

Love this hire!

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

January 25, 2019 at 08:34 pm

I disagree totally Dash. However, a great hire nonetheless.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

January 25, 2019 at 09:01 pm

We need some juice on the edges.
TJ Watt would be nice.

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Rak47's picture

January 25, 2019 at 09:11 pm

Please stop with the pining for Watt, that's history , not gonna happen get over it already.

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Qoojo's picture

January 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Hindsight drafting is a powerful drug.

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albert999's picture

January 25, 2019 at 09:40 pm

cole beasley....cheap great free agent

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The TKstinator's picture

January 26, 2019 at 05:00 am

A totally outside the box prospect at OLB, for sure.

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

January 26, 2019 at 09:13 pm

nice

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Cartwright's picture

January 26, 2019 at 06:17 am

Glad to see we have totally cleaned out all McCarthy holdovers and will start fresh with new people, new energy and new ideas. A new RG and new OLB will complete the package to take us on a new winning streak in the new season.

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carlos's picture

January 26, 2019 at 08:19 am

Good hire. Someone who Petine trusts. Offside or not I’d take Dee Ford in a heartbeat. Maybe he’ll follow Smith to Green Bay.

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Koostyroosty's picture

January 26, 2019 at 08:25 am

seems like a lot of time is being invested to get the right men in the coaching positions. Nobody is hurrying the selection process, which is good. Lots of interviews (reported). They all need to be on the same coaching page with a singleness of purpose - Championships.

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carlos's picture

January 26, 2019 at 08:45 am

My concern is still special teams at this point.

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PatrickGB's picture

January 26, 2019 at 09:48 am

Yes indeed Carlos. Yes indeed.

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mamasboy's picture

January 27, 2019 at 05:50 pm

If Pettine wants him, He's a good hire!

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