Former Packers Defensive Coordinator Target Becomes Available Again

Isaiah De Los Santos
A former target of the Green Bay Packers for their defensive coordinator position has become available again.
A former target of the Green Bay Packers for their defensive coordinator position has become available again. / (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Green Bay Packers' regression on defense has been one of the most disappointing parts of a frustrating season. These struggles have put the spotlight on defensive coordinator Joe Barry and resulted in calls for Green Bay to make a change this offseason.

Well, now one potential candidate to replace him has just become available.

Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard announced Tuesday night that he won't be returning to the university next season. Leonhard is considered one of the top defensive minds throughout college football and should garner significant interest from NFL teams.

It'd be no surprise to see the Packers pursue Leonhard if they move on from Barry, especially since the team already tried to steal him from the Badgers before. Leonhard was offered the DC position in Green Bay following the 2020 season, but he passed on the jump to the pros in order to stay with his alma mater.

His denial then led Green Bay to hire Barry. This unit was strong in 2021, but has since taken a major step back, which has played a huge role in the Packers sinking in the NFC North standings.

Given Leonhard's renowned defensive background and deep ties to the state of Wisconsin, he could be the perfect hire to reinvigorate the Packers on that side of the ball.

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