Packers’ Rich Bisaccia will ‘look in every nook and cranny’ to improve special teams unity

Much of the Packers’ offseason has focused on departures, including the trade of Davante Adams, losing Marquez Valdes-Scantling, cutting Za’Darius Smith, who later signed with rival Minnesota. But one big addition went unnoticed: new special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.

The Packers led the worst special teams unit in the NFL last season, missing kicks, missing punts, missing blocking assignments, dealing poorly with returns. It was a rude display to Green Bay in the third phase of the game.

Enter Bisaccia, who spent 20 years in the NFL, operating primarily as a special teams coach. It’s a rental that could prove to be the most underrated move in all of NFC North this offseason.

In his first encounter with the Green Bay media since being hired by coach Matt LaFleur, Bisaccia noted that the unit overhaul will be ubiquitous.

“We are going to look in every nook and cranny to see what we can do to improve,” Bisaccia said on Tuesday via the team’s official website. “There is not one specific thing.”

The Packers’ special teams unit has struggled all season, culminating in the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. A missed field goal and a blocked punt for a touchdown directly led to the NFC’s No. 1 seed being released early.

If Green Bay even had an average special teams unit last season, it could have been the team representing the NFC in the Los Angeles Super Bowl.

The failures led to the dismissal of Maurice Drayton after the season. But that wasn’t a one-year problem with Green Bay’s special teams struggles. Shawn Mennenga only lasted two seasons as coordinator. And Packers fans have long skewered Ron Zook for a shaky unit during his run for the job.

Arrive Bisaccia, who will now try to overthrow the miserable unit. Veteran punter Pat O’Donnell replaces Corey Bojorquez and will also hold kicks. Kicker Mason Crosby is in line to return, but the Packers added JJ Molson and Dominik Eberle to the roster for competition. Bisaccia said he was confident Crosby could recover from a bad year.

Elsewhere, the Packers could decide to use a few more regulars on special teams to help their coverage and blocking groups.

“We have a unique game mentality,” Bisaccia said. “We don’t get three tries to get it right. We have a game to make the difference, and they have to understand the significance and importance of that particular game, and I think if we can get that through, we will play better.”

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