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Packers Hire Five Coaching Interns, Including Three Former Players

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Packers Hire Five Coaching Interns, Including Three Former Players

-- Some familiar faces will be back in Green Bay this spring to serve on the coaching staff.

Brandon Jackson, Jarrett Bush and Nick Barnett -- three members of the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl 45 roster -- will be assisting the team's coaches during offseason team activities and minicamp, the team announced Monday.

Antonio James and Jay Hayes are two other coaching interns who round out the group of five. All but Hayes are a part of the league's Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship Program.

Jackson, drafted by the Packers in the second-round of the 2007 draft and serving as a component to the 2010 playoff run, is returning for a second consecutive season as a coaching intern. He was publicized last year for working with the running backs, including Ty Montgomery.

Jackson is expected to help with offense and special teams.

Bush, a defensive back, was one of the renowned special teams players in the last decade for the Packers. He played nine seasons in Green Bay before recently finishing a gig with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He's working with defense and special teams.

Barnett was drafted by the Packers with the 29th overall selection in 2003 and became one of the league's top linebackers. A serious knee injury ended Barnett's career with the Packers in 2010 before he was released in July of 2011. He played in Buffalo and Washington before officially retiring in 2014. 

Barnett, an All-Pro in 2007, infuses a plethora of experience into the Packers' defense from a coaching perspective, which is the field he'll be working in. He holds a handful of team records, including most seasons leading the team in tackles, most consecutive seasons leading the team in tackles and most tackles in a single season.

James will work with special teams and Hayes will serve as a defensive consultant, with Hayes holding the most NFL coaching experience of the two.


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Lphill's picture

I like having Barnett in camp he had a good aggressive edge to his style of play.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I like the idea of competition for coaches as well.

Rossonero's picture

I like the additions. I never understood why Ted passed on ILB Eric Kendricks and instead took Demarious Randall. I say that because Kendricks reminds me of Nick Barnett.

Kendricks was a very safe pick and just signed a big extension. He'll be a longtime starter. Oh well. Let's hope Oren Burks works out.

WKUPackFan's picture

Three excellent players. Barnett always seemed to receive respect, while Jackson and Bush were unfairly criticized at times. Glad that all three are back with the Packers.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Bush was fairly criticized as well...

But his interception in the Super Bowl is one of my favorite Packer moments.

worztik's picture

Especially as he was in the wrong place for what the defensive call was!!! Can you say LUCKY?

Finwiz's picture

In the world of a liberal, ANY criticism is unfair.

worztik's picture

Here here!!!!!

Finwiz's picture

I see we have an infestation of liberals - lovely.
No wonder nothing ever changes with the Packers, all kinds of liberal thinking that next year will be Capers year......for THE LAST 7!!!! Low expectations.


Lare's picture

Most of us come here to support a professional sports team we love and escape the petty partisan politics we're faced with at almost every other media outlet.

Obviously, some can't.

4thand1's picture

I thought liberal meant change? We were finally liberated from stale Dom.

Oppy's picture

Lare wins the internets today with simple truth.

This is pretty simple. If you like having a place to talk sports, keep your political opinions out of it.

It's amazing how generally civil people are, even when they disagree, when they don't have preconceived notions about each other's political affiliations.

egbertsouse's picture

I didn’t even detect any politics in the discussion until the alt-righters started ragging about liberals.

Since '61's picture

Happy to see Barnett back with the Pack. Since his in jury in 2010 we have sorely missed his style of play at the ILB position group. He was a field leadership type of player that our defense has missed for the last 6-7 seasons. Thanks, Since '61

Lare's picture

From an article when they announced a plea agreement after Barnett's arrest in 2007:

"Police said Barnett knocked drinks from two women and threw one of their cell phones against a wall at the Wet night club last June. About 45 minutes later, police say Barnett threw a drink in one of the women's faces and knocked her to the floor."

Sorry, but I'm not a Nick Barnett fan.

4thand1's picture

Women have been throwing drinks in guys' faces for eons. When I was growing up, if you said something to a woman in a bar and she didn't like it, whooosh, in yer face. Maybe Nick was thinking equal rights ? lol

Since '61's picture

Lare - Thanks for sharing this article. I was not aware of this incident. I'm assuming that Barnett admitted guilt for no prison time. I do not recall if the Packers/league took any disciplinary action. In any case this information changes my perspective concerning the Packers bringing Barnett back to the team even as an intern. Thanks, Since '61

Johnblood27's picture

she deserved it.

carry on

stockholder's picture

Bush? Where's Woodson and Collins? And How about Driver,Jennings,and Freeman. Scott Wells could really help too.

HankScorpio's picture

There is no particular correlation between ability to play and ability to coach.

Since '61's picture

Maybe those guys have something better to do than to spend their summer in Green Bay. Thanks, Since '61

dobber's picture

Doesn't Woodson do studio spots with ESPN or NFL Network? He's got a great voice for it.

billybobton's picture

Nothing but good things to say about Nick B
Bush....just a guy who tried his best but for some reason, maybe dumb, maybe lazy just could not get to the right place

BJ??? a disaster. No place for him in coaching given he was one of the worst pass blocking RBs ever in GB. EVER. No wonder that was such a weakness last year. GB had ONE, ONE and only ONE RB who would even attempt to pass block last year and he was low average at best......well hello BJ

HankScorpio's picture

You and I have very different memories of Brandon Jackson as a pass blocker. I remember he sucked at it as a rookie. So bad there was talk that he might get cut, even as a 2nd round pick. But he eventually used pass blocking as his ticket to being the preferred 3rd down RB. He was certainly not anything special as a runner.

According to this link, PFF saw it like I remember.

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