The Green Bay Packers cast a wide net in their defensive coordinator search.
They reportedly interviewed several candidates, including Christian Parker, Bobby Babich, and Brandon Staley, before hiring Jeff Hafley to replace Joe Barry in the role.
There's a reason why many would be interested in the job. The Packers have the building blocks of an excellent defense. Any defensive coordinator candidate would know their unit wouldn't often be put in tough situations by the offense, which reached an elite level with Jordan Love in the second half of the season.
Hafley's system should get the best out of Jaire Alexander and Carrington Valentine. Still, he needs some help from general manager Brian Gutekunst when it comes to rebuilding the rest of the secondary in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Green Bay would've been a great landing spot for any defensive coordinator candidate, and it wasn't just NFL and college coaches interested in the job. Even a Packers fan "applied" for the opening.
Mark Murphy takes a shot at Bears in response to Packers fan about DC opening
Packers fan Dan McDermott posted on X (formerly Twitter) that his cousin, Bill, had "applied" for the team's defensive coordinator job. He probably didn't expect a response.
He certainly wouldn't have expected a handwritten letter from Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy, who had the perfect response to his application.
Thanks so much for your cover letter and resume regarding our Defensive Coordinator position. While your fantasy football experience is impressive, I regret to inform you that we have decided to go in a different direction. I hear the Bears have an opening - you look to be a perfect fit for them. Thanks again.
Murphy is a great sport for taking the time to respond to the fan, and he couldn't have put it better with a jab at the Bears. They have a habit of bringing in former Packers players and coaches, so perhaps they would consider hiring a fan to take their defensive coordinator job.
And, who knows? Maybe Matt LaFleur should've gone with Bill. We'll never know.