Will Packers Sign 49ers Coach Katie Sowers?
Will the Green Bay Packers sign San Francisco 49ers coach Katie Sowers?
Assuming Green Bay does not sign Donald Driver to be its new wide receivers coach, the team will need to fill that vacancy with someone else.
Recently, a column on heavy.com suggested that head coach Matt LaFleur hire Sowers for the position.
Sowers rose to prominence over the past few months when she became the first openly gay woman to coach in the Super Bowl.
She has served as an assistant to head coach Kyle Shanahan, and has consistently earned rave reviews from everyone she worked with.
Sowers and LaFleur previously worked together when she was a wide receivers intern and scouting intern for the Atlanta Falcons, and he served as quarterbacks coach for the organization.
Later Sowers would leave to link up with San Francisco as an offensive assistant. She then quickly worked her up to a full-time position in just one year’s time.
San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could not stop raving about her recently.
“She’s been tremendous,” he said.
“Katie was here before I was. What she does with the receivers, all the skill position guys, how she interacts with them, it’s special.
“She’s feisty, man. Katie is awesome out there. She’ll get after the guys. It’s fun to be around.”
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was equally complimentary.
“She’s one of the coolest coaches I’ve been around,” he said.
“She’s kind of laid back, chill. You need that sometimes. Especially in a business where there’s a lot of chaos, a lot of stress.
“You need a calming voice to tell you everything is going to be all right.”
Sowers to Green Bay could be a win-win for all sides. Following her rise to prominence with the 49ers, she needs to continue climbing the ranks in order to get to where she wants to be career-wise.
Along the same lines, the Packers clearly need a wide receivers coach. That vacancy has to get filled, one way or the other.
With Wes Welker firmly implanted as San Francisco’s wide receivers coach, it may be a while before Sowers gets the same sort of opportunity under Shanahan.
Don’t forget, Shanahan has repeatedly referred to Welker as one of his “favorite players of all time.”
Generally speaking, when a coach idolizes a member of his staff like that, his job is safe.
Green Bay’s wide receivers group left a lot to be desired outside of Davante Adams. Allen Lazard is really the only notable player worth keeping an eye on from the group, but beyond that there are no real standouts.
There has been speculation that the Packers may go out and pursue Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham via trade. But to date, nothing has been cemented on that front.
LaFleur will likely attempt to add another body to the receiving group either via the 2020 NFL Draft or by trade, but it remains to be seen how big of a difference maker that addition will be.
Regardless of who comes on board, though, a wide receivers coach will be necessary in order to secure productivity from the group. And ideally that person will do a better job than Alvis Whitted did.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on the wrong side of his peak at this point, and it is unclear how many years of top-level production he has left.
A capable wide receivers group will be absolutely paramount to squeezing the most out of Rodgers’ remaining potential.
If Sowers does not ultimately land the Packers wide receivers gig, she will likely be a frontrunner for a similar position down the line with some other organization.