Candidates' list gets longer

A couple days after the Packers gave defensive coordinator Ed Donatell the axe along with tight ends coach Jeff Jagodzinski, the list of candidates to lead the Packers' defense continues to grow.<P>

The first rumors put the names of ex-Bears coach Dick Jauron and his defensive coach Greg Blache out there as candidates thanks to their recent availability as well as Packer ties.

New additions to the list include former Arizona Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis, who is well-respected for his defensive acumen. Plus he did something this year that Jauron and Blache could not – beat the Packers.

Packers' coach Mike Sherman said at his season wrap-up press conference Wednesday that he would look at his current staff first. Probable candidates from within include defensive backs coach Bob Slowik and linebackers coach Mark Duffner.

Slowik, in his fourth season with the Packers, has a dozen years of NFL experience to his credit. Slowik also has Chicago ties, serving as the Bears' defensive coordinator from 1993-1998. Prior to that, Slowik was a defensive assistant with the Cowboys in 1992.

Duffner joined the Packers this year after a two-year stint as defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. Duffner also served as the Bengals linebackers coach during his first season in the NFL after 22 years in the college ranks including five years as the head coach at Maryland and six seasons at the Holy Cross helm where he worked with Sherman.

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