"Ever since I was officially named GM and executive vice president and my duties were expanded to a much broader scope, I have felt the need for someone to assist me with issues relating to the team and football as they come up during the year," Sherman said. "Because of this I felt a need to name an assistant head coach, a position many other teams have but one I have not entertained until now."
During Slowik's tenure as Chicago defensive coordinator, the Bears' defense finished in the NFL's top half five of his six seasons. In addition to his duties as defensive coordinator, he coached the Chicago secondary during his first three years and presided over the linebackers in his final three seasons.
Slowik, 48, had joined the Bears after spending the 1992 season-his first in the NFL-with the Dallas Cowboys as a defensive assistant. The Cowboys finished 16-3 and won Super Bowl XXVII. Slowik began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Delaware-where he had been a two-year starter at cornerback-in 1977. He later coached at the University of Florida (1979-82), Drake (1983), Rutgers (1984-89) and East Carolina (1990-91) before entering the professional ranks with the Cowboys in 1992.
Slowik, a Pittsburgh native, is the first Packers coaching aide to hold the position of assistant head coach since 1979, when Dave Hanner closed out a five-year tenure in that role. Bevell, 32, is in his seventh season in the coaching profession. He joined the Packers staff in 2000 after four years in the college ranks-at Westmar University (1996), Iowa State (1997) and the University of Connecticut (1998-99), the latter two seasons as wide receivers coach.
"Darrell Bevell's role as a coach on the Green Bay Packers football team has been expanded to offensive assistant," Sherman said. "I want Darrell to assume a more hands-on approach in coaching our QBs. Darrell is an excellent teacher and this will free Tom Rossley up a little more in his role as quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. Darrell will spend the bulk of his time in the development of our young quarterbacks as well as assisting with offensive strategy and planning."
Under Bevell's direction in 1998 at Connecticut, senior receiver Carl Bond posted a school-record 11 touchdowns and teamed with sophomore John Fitzsimmons to register a pair of 1,000-yard seasons, the first such tandem in school annals.
Bevell, the son of a high school football coach, helped make history at Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to a 10-1-1 record in 1993 and a share of the Big Ten championship-the school's first since 1962-as well as the Rose Bowl triumph. A four-year starter, he closed out his career as the Badgers' all-time leading passer with 19 school records and two Big Ten marks.