Source: Perry added to coach the safeties

The former Pittsburgh Steelers standout spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Raiders

"Pittsburgh macho" was a term used by general manager Ted Thompson when he hired Mike McCarthy as coach in January 2006.

That phrase seems appropriate for McCarthy's new-look defense.

With former Pittsburgh coordinator Dom Capers taking over the Packers' defense, former Steelers sackmaster Kevin Greene training the outside linebackers and, now, former big-play Steelers safety Darren Perry slotted to be a secondary coach, McCarthy's defensive staff certainly has taken on a Pittsburgh flavor.

An NFL source on Tuesday told Packer Report that Perry has agreed to coach the Packers' safeties.

No announcement was made by the team, and none will be made until the coaching staff is complete.

Perry, who played for the Steelers when Capers was coordinator for three seasons, spent the previous two seasons as the defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders. Interestingly, his contract was not renewed and Oakland hired Lionel Washington — who spent the previous 10 seasons coaching in Green Bay — to take Perry's spot.

Before coming to Oakland, Perry was a defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh from 2003 through 2006. He was an assistant in 2003 before running the show the next three seasons. In 2004, the Steelers ranked fourth in the NFL against the pass en route to victory in Super Bowl XL.

Perry, who was a hard-hitting safety for the Steelers (1992 through 1998), Chargers (1999) and Saints (2000) and tallied 35 career interceptions, got his start in coaching as safeties coach for Cincinnati in 2002.

Perry was praised for helping Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha develop into All-Pros.

For all of the problems the dysfunctional Raiders have had on the field, pass defense hasn't been an issue. Oakland ranked 10th against the pass, as well as fifth in opposing quarterback completion percentage and 12th in opponent quarterback rating. In 2007, the Raiders ranked eighth in the NFL against the pass, 11th in completion percentage and 12th in quarterback rating.

The Packers have hired four coaches since naming Capers as coordinator. Mike Trgovac, who left Carolina after a six-year run as coordinator to run the Packers' defensive line, joins Greene and Perry on the defensive side. Utah State defensive backs coach John Rushing will be the offensive quality control coach.

That leaves only one obvious vacancy, and that's cornerbacks coach. One possibility is McCarthy promotes Joe Whitt Jr. from defensive quality coach, which would leave McCarthy searching for someone for that position.

Holdover Winston Moss, McCarthy's assistant head coach/linebackers coach last season, will handle the inside linebackers.

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