Sam Gash Fumbles Green Bay Packers’ Backfield Job

Why did the Green Bay Packers fire running backs coach Sam Gash? Sure, Eddie Lacy had a disappointing third season, with his 758 rushing yards and 4.1 yards per carry lagging well behind his two-year averages of 1,159 yards and 4.4 yards per carry. We look beyond those numbers. Plus, Jerry Fontenot is out as tight ends coach.

After by far the worst offensive production in his 10 years on the job, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy wasted little time in making changes to his coaching staff.

On Tuesday - one day ahead of exit interviews with his assistant coaches -- McCarthy fired running backs coach Sam Gash and tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot, the team announced on Tuesday evening.

Gash was the Packers' running backs coach the past two seasons. In 2014, he helped Eddie Lacy rank No. 7 in the NFL with 1,139 rushing yards and No. 3 in the league with nine rushing touchdowns. This past season, an overweight Lacy slumped but Green Bay’s rushing attack ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing. We have more in the video.

“I would like to thank Sam for his contributions to the team over the past two seasons,” McCarthy said in a news release. “We hope for the best for Sam, Alicia and their family in the future.”

Fontenot was an original member of McCarthy's coaching staff. He served as an offensive assistant in 2006, assistant offensive line coach from 2007 through 2010, running backs coach in 2011 and tight ends coach for the past four seasons. Fontenot is the fall guy for the lack of production at the position. While Richard Rodgers, a third-round pick in 2014, had one of the top seasons by a tight end in franchise history with 58 receptions and eight touchdowns, his athletic limitations are obvious. If Fontenot is to blame for anything, it's Rodgers' lack of development as a blocker.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Jerry for the past 10 seasons,” McCarthy said. “He has given a lot to this organization and has been a big part of our success. We wish Jerry, Stephanie and their family all the best moving forward.”

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