GREEN BAY — The Packers have made an aggressive move to improve its special teams.
The Green and Gold announced on Tuesday that it has hired former Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.
Bisaccia was the special teams coordinator for the Las Vegas Raiders before being promoted to interim head coach after Jon Gruden was fired. Bisaccia led the Raiders to a playoff berth.
He is also one of the most experienced special team coaches in the league. He has been a special teams coordinator for 20 seasons with the Raiders, Cowboys, Chargers, and Buccaneers.
This comes about a week after the Packers fired special teams coordinator Maurice Drayton after just one year in that position. Special teams has been an issue for the Packers for the past few years. According to Sports Illustrated's annual special teams rankings, the Packers were the worst in the entire NFL this season.
Most recently, there were several blunders in the NFC Divisional Round against the San Francisco 49ers that some fans say cost the Packers the game. The special teams unit allowed a blocked field goal at the end of the first half, a large kickoff return to start the second half, and most notably a blocked punt returned for a touchdown near the end of the game.