Scott McCurley enters his 12th season with the Packers and his fourth as assistant linebackers coach, having been promoted to the position on Feb. 7, 2014, following a five-year tenure as the team’s defensive quality control coach.
He was initially hired by Head Coach Mike McCarthy in April 2006 as a coaching administrative intern, promoted to coaching administrator in January 2007, and promoted again to defensive quality control coach on Feb. 3, 2009.
McCurley works in support of associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss to oversee the direction and preparation of all linebackers for the Packers’ 3-4 defense with an emphasis on the inside linebackers. The 2016 season saw McCurley assist in the development of a trio of young linebackers in second-year pros Jake Ryan and Joe Thomas and rookie Blake Martinez. Ryan ranked second on the team with 84 tackles last season while Thomas (77) and Martinez (62) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
In 2015, he helped Moss utilize the versatility of Clay Matthews, who started all 16 games at MLB for the first time in his career. Despite the position switch, Matthews made his sixth Pro Bowl and finished second on the team with a career-high 85 tackles while registering 6½ sacks, also second on the team.
During his time as quality control coach, McCurley spent different seasons assisting with various positions throughout the defense, most recently with the outside linebackers in 2013. In 2009, he was part of a staff that guided the defense to a No. 2 overall ranking in the NFL, the highest ranking since the ’96 team finished as the No. 1 defense. Green Bay led the NFL in rushing defense for the first time in team history, and its average of 83.3 rushing yards allowed per game set a franchise record for any season.
Additionally, his duties as quality control coach included breaking down opponent game film, analyzing their offensive tendencies and working closely to assist defensive coordinator Dom Capers in the unit’s weekly game-plan preparation.
As the coaching administrator, McCurley also assisted in preparing the team’s weekly game plan, preparing game film, and compiling player statistics and grades. His practice responsibilities included working with the scout team and assisting Moss with coaching linebackers.
Before coming to Green Bay, McCurley enjoyed a lengthy playing and coaching career at the University of Pittsburgh. Initially a walk-on athlete who redshirted his first year, he earned a scholarship after his freshman season and lettered all four years at linebacker (1999-2002).
McCurley holds the distinction of having the last interception and field-goal block in Pitt Stadium, which closed after the 1999 season, both achievements recorded in a 37-27 victory against Notre Dame. That same season, he earned a spot on the Big East All-Academic football team and graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in movement science with a coaching minor.
After graduation, McCurley remained with the program as a defensive graduate assistant. The 2004 team he coached won the Big East championship and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. McCurley also assisted with coaching the scout team, which was quarterbacked for a year by Joe Flacco, who later transferred to Delaware and became a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.
Born Aug. 1, 1980, in New Castle, Pa., McCurley attended Mohawk High School in Bessemer, Pa., where he earned all-conference honors his junior and senior years, playing linebacker and offensive line. He also played basketball.
McCurley and his wife, Colleen, live in De Pere, Wis., with their sons, Quentin, 9, and Deacon, 7.