The Packers hired Rich Bisaccia to turn their special teams into a strength. They made him the NFL's highest-paid special teams coordinator to get them there. Now closing out year two in the job, the Packers' unit remains a disaster.
And Bisaccia can't blame it on a lack of talent. GM Brian Gutekunst emphasized signing core special teams players like Keisean Nixon, Dallin Leavitt, Zayne Anderson, and Corey Ballentine. Bisaccia had worked with Nixon and Leavitt in Las Vegas. Last offseason, the Packers made changes at kicker and punter.
Yet here we are. Entering Week 18, the Packers' special teams unit ranks 27th in DVOA. They have 21 special teams penalties, the most in the NFL. They lead the league in missed PATs, rank in the bottom five for punt return yards, have allowed the fifth-most average punt return yards, and are one of only six teams to give up a punt-return touchdown.
Then there is the decision-making. Why did the Packers have Samori Toure return a punt against the Vikings? It was the first of his NFL career, resulting in a fumble. Jayden Reed was out of the game with an injury, but Keisean Nixon was available.
Bisaccia has to take the blame for this unit ranking so poorly across the board, especially with penalties.