Packers make hire of new ST coach official

Green Bay has settled on its new special teams coordinator.

The team announced Tuesday that it had hired Rich Bisaccia as the replacement for Maurice Drayton.

Bisaccia has been in the NFL since 2002 and spent the last four seasons as the Las Vegas Raiders special teams coordinator. He took on the added role of interim head coach midway through the year when Jon Gruden was fired. The Raiders won the final four games of the regular season to punch their ticket to the playoffs before falling to eventual AFC Champion Cincinnati in the first round.

Bisaccia’s units have not been the highest-rated in the NFL but they’ve always been solid, which would be more than enough for the Packers. Though Green Bay has finished toward the bottom of the annual rankings for much of the last decade, this year the unit bottomed out and played a large role in the NFC Divisional Round loss to San Francisco.

Las Vegas and Jacksonville interviewed Bisaccia for its head coaching vacancies before hiring Josh McDaniels and Doug Pedersen, respectively.