7 Packers defensive coordinator candidates ranked from worst to best (Updated)

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5. Zach Orr

Following the Baltimore Ravens' elimination from the playoffs, the Packers have reportedly requested to interview two members of Mike Macdonald's defensive staff. One of them is inside linebackers coach Zach Orr.

Quite honestly, Orr could easily rank higher on this list. It's a tough call. The reason he is fifth is due to less experience as a coach.

Orr was an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. He retired in 2016 and immediately joined the Ravens' coaching staff under Jim Harbaugh. Orr began as a defensive analyst before landing a job as the Jacksonville Jaguars' outside linebackers coach in 2021. He returned to Baltimore as its inside linebackers coach in 2022 and has done an outstanding job.

A key factor in the Ravens' defensive dominance is the play of inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Patrick Queen. They were first-team and second-team All-Pros this season, respectively. Smith and Queen combined for 291 tackles, five sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 14 pass defenses, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

Orr has only been an NFL coach since 2016, but there's a reason why he is already being considered for defensive coordinator jobs around the league. He could be an excellent hire for the Packers.