Packer Receivers of History: Paul Coffman

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Paul CoffmanWe continue the series on Packer Receivers of History with Packer Tight Ends. To read the articles you missed, go to the Packer Receivers of History category page.

One of the bright spots in the frustrating early 80s was Paul Coffman. He took the “Tight End as a Receiver” approach to a whole new level. Earlier Packer tight ends were blocking receivers, but the emphasis was always on the blocking side of that equation. Honestly, you really can’t blame them. The Packer run game (and particularly the famed power sweep) was such a mainstay and so unstoppable that there was really know reason to rely on the tight ends as receivers.

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When Coffman arrived in Green Bay, the Packers had a pretty exciting passer under center. Lynn Dickey and the Packer aerial attack played a big factor in the evolution of the tight end position, and Coffman was ideally suited for the role. But, very few would have guessed that when the Packers first acquired Coffman.

Paul Coffman was an Undrafted Free Agent in 1978. Most UDFs have difficulty even making the team, but Coffman not only made the team, he went on to an outstanding career with the Packers.

Paul snagged 322 catches for 4223 yards in his career as a Packer, and became a three time Pro Bowler.

Just how productive was that?

Paul Coffman currently ranks 12th in receiving yards in Packer history, just behind… Robert Brooks. Try to wrap your head around that for a moment. As a tight end, Paul Coffman came three yards away from having as much yardage as a prolific receiver like Robert Brooks. Wow!

In eight seasons, Coffman scored 39 touchdowns. Still, the only time Coffman got to play in the playoffs was during the 1982 season when a strike shortened the season to nine games and the Packers found a way to eek into the playoffs. In two games he had nine receptions for 111 yards.

Coffman gave Packer fans a taste of what the tight end position of the future would be. He was the first of a line of go-to guys that lined up in the tight end position.


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