Entering his sixth season as a coach in the NFL, John Dunn begins his second season with the Packers and first as tight ends coach after being promoted on Feb. 5, 2022. Dunn served as a senior analyst in Green Bay last season after being hired on March 1, 2021, by Head Coach Matt LaFleur. Dunn is entering his 19th season of coaching in college or the NFL.
In Dunn's first season with the Packers in 2021, he focused primarily on defensive self-scouting while working closely with defensive coordinator Joe Barry and the inside linebackers. The defense ranked in the top 10 in the league in total defense (No. 9, 328.2 ypg), passing defense (No. 10, 219.1 ypg), interceptions (t-No. 6, 18), takeaways (t-No. 8, 26) and defensive penalties (No. 5, 28).
In 2020 with the Jets, Dunn mentored TE Chris Herndon as he returned from an injury-laden 2019 season to finish No. 3 on the team in receptions (31) and tied for No. 2 in receiving TDs (three). In Dunn's first season with New York in 2019, TE Ryan Griffin, signed by the Jets before training camp, stepped up in Herndon's absence to post 34 catches for 320 yards (9.4 avg.) and a career-best five TDs. Griffin's five scores tied for No. 3 among AFC tight ends and made him the eighth TE in franchise history to post five-plus receiving TDs in a season.
Prior to joining the Jets, Dunn served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut in 2018. Dunn oversaw an offense that produced two 1,000-yard rushers as RB Kevin Mensah (1,045 yards) became the first UConn RB to surpass 1,000 yards rushing since 2011 and QB David Pindell (1,139 yards) established a school rushing record among quarterbacks. Pindell also earned a first-team All-New England selection from the New England Football Writers for his efforts.
Dunn earned his first NFL experience in two seasons with the Chicago Bears, first as a football assistant (2016) and then as an offensive assistant (2017). During his time with the Bears, Dunn worked with wide receivers and quarterbacks while also helping install offensive-line protections each week. With Dunn's help in 2017, QB Mitchell Trubisky set franchise rookie records with 196 completions and 2,193 passing yards in just 12 starts.
Before entering the NFL as a coach, Dunn spent five seasons (2011-15) at the University of Maryland as the school's tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator. While with the Terrapins, Dunn helped the team finish No. 9 nationally in red-zone scoring percentage (.914) during the 2014 season.
Before his time at Maryland, Dunn worked three seasons (2008-10) at LSU, serving as an offensive graduate assistant from 2008-09 and as an offensive intern in 2010. Dunn helped coach the offensive line and quarterbacks while holding primary responsibility for the assimilation of the playbook and all computer drawings, practice scripts and game plans.
Dunn gained his first coaching experience at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, working as a student assistant (2004), offensive quality control coach (2005) and offensive graduate assistant (2006-07) for the Tar Heels. In 2007, he helped WR Hakeem Nicks earn first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors after setting a single-season school record with 74 receptions for 958 yards (12.9 avg.) and five TDs.
Dunn was a walk-on at North Carolina from 2001-03, playing quarterback and tight end before a neck injury ended his career. He graduated from UNC with a degree in exercise sport science.
Dunn was born Aug. 7, 1983, in Shelby, N.C. He and his wife, Lindsay, live in Hobart, Wis., with their son, Carter, and daughter, Emerson.