Packers promote coach Whitt

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have given cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt's a job title, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Whitt had interviewed for the defensive coordinators positions which went to Mike Pettine.

The newspaper is also reporting Eliot Wolf, the son of former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, has left the organization to become the assistant general manger with the Cleveland Browns.

Wolf had been a 14-year veteran of the Packers' scouting team and was a finalist for the team's GM job, which went to Brian Gutekunst. The Packers had hoped to keep Wolf, but with Cleveland he will be joining former Packers personnel executive John Dorsey. Formerly with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dorsey was hired as the Browns new GM. Cleveland also hired former Packers scout Alonzo Highsmith last week.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy wanted to retain Whitt and elevated him to the new position of defensive passing game coordinator. He will play a larger role with the entire defense, which is expected to employ a new system for the cornerbacks with more press coverage.

The Packers also hired Frank Cignetti as new quarterbacks coach, replacing departed Alex Van Pelt. Cignetti was quarterbacks coach with the New York Giants last season and was offensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams in 2015.

Last week he named a new receivers coach, hiring Jim Hostler, who has 17 years of NFL coaching experience, including last season with the Indianapolis Colts.

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