Report: Jim Leonhard turns down Packers defensive coordinator position
Leonhard informed Matt LaFleur Friday night that he will not accept position
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Reported by Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal, University of Wisconsin defensive coordinator, Jim Leonhard, has informed Green Bay Packers head coach, Matt LaFleur, that he will not accept the same position in Green Bay.
Leonhard interviewed with LaFleur over zoom on Tuesday then again in person on Thursday and turned down the Packers offer on Friday.
Oates tweeted that Leonhard said is was a difficult decision but that Leonhard’s heart was at UW and in college coaching at this time.
“It was me choosing UW. I want to stay at UW. I want to be at this level right now. Extremely flattered. Awesome opportunity. But it was not the right time for me to go back to the NFL.” Leonhard told Oates.
This decision was made on the same night that reports surfaced that the Packers DC job was “Leonhard’s job if he wants it.”
Leonhard ultimately chose his alma mater and his current head coach, Paul Chryst who he has a great working relationship with. Now the Badgers can focus on 2021 where they bring back one of football’s best defensive minds, and nine starters on that side of the ball.
As for the Packers, attention shifts to Los Angeles Rams safeties coach, Ejiro Evero as the next top candidate for Matt LaFleur to pick from.
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