The Broncos continued their talks with head coaches on Friday, as George Paton and Co. spoke with Packers quarterback/passing game coordinator Luke Getsy.
A 37-year-old coach, Getsy has played a key role in the Packers’ offensive success over the past few seasons. Getsy, who started as a quality control coach in 2014, has quickly risen through the coaching ranks and is one of two post coaches who will interview for the position.
To learn more about Getsy and her candidacy for the role, DenverBroncos.com spoke with The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman.
Aric DiLalla: Luke Getsy was a name I’m not sure many Broncos fans knew before the team asked for an interview. What stands out about him in this research?
Matt Schneidman: “I think what’s interesting about Getsy is that he knows different parts of an attack. Obviously any candidate for head training who is an offensive coordinator or even a defensive guy the Luke Getsy has done it all in the past two years alone, serving as the Packers’ wide receiver coach in 2016 and 2017, then becoming the offensive coordinator and caller of the game at Mississippi State in 2018. Then he came back to Green Bay in 2019 to be the quarterbacks coach, and then the last two years he’s also been the passing game coordinator. [All-Pro wide receiver] Davante Adams a few weeks ago about another coach. … They were about to play the Ravens and Keith Williams is the passing game coordinator for the Ravens and he was Davante Adams’ college coach … so I asked Davante, ‘Keith Williams has- did he have the [biggest] the effect on you of a coach in your career or the most influence on you? He briefly answered yes, but unprompted brought up Luke Getsy. He said, “An unsung hero is Luke Getsy in my development” and went on to say how instrumental Getsy has been. Yes, he works with quarterbacks and the passing game as a whole now, but Davante Adams, who shouldn’t be forgotten in all of this [as] arguably the best receiver in the league, really credits Luke Getsy with his development. [Quarterback] Aaron Rodgers also credits Luke Getsy a lot for what he has become today. So he’s arguably the best quarterback and wide receiver in the league, saying the 37-year-old passing game coordinator is a big reason for their current situation. I think that’s as good an endorsement as any.”
AD: Packers HC Matt LaFleur had high praise for Getsy – how would you describe Getsy’s leadership style?
MRS: “I think in our dealings with them, and I don’t know how much the way they talk to reporters mirrors the way they lead, but Getsy is a bit more reserved and [Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel] Hackett is a bit livelier. But you said it, Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur are both very complimentary about Getsy’s ability to command a play — and captivate is the word Aaron Rodgers used the other day — captivate a play. … That’s the No. 1 quality that Rodgers says makes a good head coach, someone who can grab a room’s attention and get everyone to buy into it. Getsy has the ability to do this. He may be, I don’t mean less creative, but he may not do the Austin Powers dances and he’s not as rocker as Hackett, but he proved here in Green Bay with no doubt the best offense in the league the last few years that he too can get everyone in this room and some of the best players in the league to their positions to buy. »
AD: Getsy is one of the youngest coaches the Broncos have reportedly spoken to. Do you think he’s ready for that kind of role, or do you think the next step is as an attacking coordinator?
MRS: “I think that’s probably more realistic. Matt LaFleur told us the other day that he absolutely thinks Luke Getsy is ready to be a head coach. I jokingly asked Hackett the other day:” Do you go into your interview with the Broncos and just cast Luke? So [that] you have a better chance of getting the job. He started to crack. Just when he found out Luke was getting the interview with the Broncos, he went to his office because he was so excited for him. [He] hopes he gets a head coaching job at some point. I’m sure Nathaniel Hackett wouldn’t want Getsy getting the job on him, but I could see Luke Getsy getting an offensive coordinator job first. I’m sure he would do well as a head coach, but I find it hard to believe that a team is going to take a quarterbacks coach and make him their head coach. [What] wouldn’t surprise me [is] something like – and I saw this on Twitter from Broncos fans in my mentions who have already started campaigning for this – but Hackett as head coach and Getsy as offensive coordinator. I could see that too.”