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Packers Reportedly Part Ways with Special Teams Assistant Chad Morton

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Packers Reportedly Part Ways with Special Teams Assistant Chad Morton

Chad Morton, who earned a Super Bowl ring as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers in 2011, reportedly won't be retained in 2014.

Without confirmation from the team, that could mean that Morton's contract has expired and the Packers simply chose not to extend.

According to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

The Packers special teams units slipped from 12th in 2012 to 20th in 2013 in the Dallas Morning News’ annual rankings, which takes into account 22 different statistical categories.

The Packers ranked last in the NFL in opponents’ average starting position following kickoffs (25.6-yard line) and were 30th in kickoff return average (20.3). On coverage units, the Packers ranked 29th on kickoffs and punts.

Also included in the report, assistant strength and conditioning coach Zac Woodfin has also left to become the head strength coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, his alma mater.

With the most recent subtractions from the coaching staff, the Packers now have four vacant positions after quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo left to become the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants and Kevin Greene left the team to spend more time with his family.

It's already been reported that former running backs coach Alex Van Pelt will shift to quarterbacks in 2014.

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Barry's picture

I will bet that Slocum does not leave for a better opportunity. He is in over his head now and every other team knows it except McCarthy.

Jordan's picture

McCarthy knows it. McCarthy and Slocum are close friends. Slocum and McCarthy have dinner with their wives at each other's house once a week as reported by media. Slocum is not going anywhere. One of the first things McCarthy did right after the season was to defend Slocum saying how hard it was for Slocum with all the injuries. No one even asked about Slocum. McCarthy defended him anyway.

murphy's picture

Sources, please.

Jordan's picture

Feel free to search the Green Bay Press Gazette and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel archives 2009-2010 if you need sources.

It's common knowledge that Slocum and McCarthy have been close friends since 1990 while they were both at Pittsburgh.

Hank Scorpio's picture

So when is Darren Perry's contract up? Any chance he'll be gone this offseason, too?

Maybe some college head coaching job or something?

Shlizzy's picture

Finally some accountability, that coverage unit has been a laughing stock for years. As for the conditioning coach, good riddance! The whole conditioning team should be internally audited this off season.

Brian's picture

Should have been Slocum.

cLowNEY42's picture

Throwing deck chairs off the Titanic.

Phatgzus's picture

Disagreed, but funny.

Stephen's picture

Hold ALL the coaches accountable for the rough season that shouldn't have been.

Stroh's picture

WHat you expected a smooth season when Rodgers was out for 8 games?!

crackerpacker's picture

With a strength and conditioning coach leaving does that mean the players will get less hamstring injuries?

murphy's picture

Is there evidence that they have more occurrences of hamstring injuries than the league average?

DIZ76's picture

what are you a lawyer? sources...evidence...got an opinion to share?

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Thanks, Hank, agreed. Everyone talks about Capers and Slocum. Given the horrendous play at Safety, Darren Perry's name should come up sometimes, too. Plus, I think (wait for it) that GB had talent at safety in Burnett and McMillan, and experience in Jennings and Burnett. While I did not expect stellar safety play, it should not have been so putrid. Something wrong somewhere.

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