AP source: Drayton out as Packers' special teams coordinator

Updated Feb. 1, 2022 6:56 p.m. ET

A person familiar with the situation says that Maurice Drayton won't be back as the Green Bay Packers' special teams coordinator next season.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Packers haven't made an announcement on Drayton's future yet.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported that Drayton was out.

This move comes after the Packers had a punt and a field-goal attempt blocked in a


It marks the second straight offseason in which Packers coach Matt LaFleur has changed his special teams coordinator.

But the Packers fared even worse on special teams this season and reached a nadir in their playoff loss.

The Packers led 7-0 when San Francisco’s Jimmie Ward easily got through the line and blocked Mason Crosby’s 39-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of the first half.

Green Bay still led 10-3 until Jordan Willis blocked Corey Bojorquez's punt. Talanoa Hufanga picked up the loose ball and returned it 6 yards for a game-tying touchdown with 4:41 left.

The Packers also had only 10 men on the field when San Francisco’s Robbie Gould kicked a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired.

“Would it have made a difference?” LaFleur said the day after the game. “I don’t know. Maybe. But it sure looks bad, and it’s embarrassing that that happens under my watch.”

The Packers’ struggles on special teams were evident well before that playoff loss. According to efficiency metrics from Football Outsiders,

In a 13-7 loss at Kansas City on Nov. 7, the Packers had a field-goal attempt blocked and had a fumbled punt return that set up a Chiefs field goal.

LaFleur said last week the Packers must place more of an emphasis on special teams. He mentioned the possibility of using more starters on special teams, though the Packers know all too well the potential drawbacks of that strategy.

Running back A.J. Dillon fractured a rib during a pile-up while blocking on a kickoff return in the 49ers game, preventing him from playing for much of the second half.

“San Francisco had a lot of their starters on special teams,” LaFleur said. “That’s going to be something that I want to do some studies around the league and see how many teams operate that way. Again, does it have some inherent risk? Absolutely.”

In other moves, the Packers did announce Tuesday they have promoted Luke Butkus to offensive line coach, added passing game coordinator to wide receivers coach Jason Vrable’s title and promoted Ryan Mahaffey to assistant offensive line coach.

Butkus, the nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, has been an assistant offensive line coach with the Packers for the past three seasons. He also has been an offensive line coach for Illinois (2012, 2016-18) and an assistant offensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-15).

Adam Stenavich, who had been Green Bay’s offensive line coach from 2019-21,

Vrable has been the Packers wide receivers coach since 2020 after working as an offensive assistant in 2019.

Luke Getsy had been the Packers passing game coordinator this season as well as their quarterbacks coach. He left to become the

Mahaffey was an offensive quality control coach with the Packers this season.


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