Meet the new assistant coaches

Packers coach Mike McCarthy unveiled his new coaching staff, which includes coordinator Dom Capers and former Steelers players Kevin Greene and Darren Perry.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy unveiled his new coaches on Tuesday.

All of the names on the list had been reported first by Packer Report or other media sources.

Here are the nuts and bolts on all of the Packers' new coaches. We will have in-depth features on about a half-dozen of them in the coming days.

Dom Capers, defensive coordinator: In 16 seasons as a head coach or defensive coordinator, Capers' defenses have landed in the top 10 seven times. With Bill Cowher and Dick LeBeau, Capers, 58, is the architect of the zone-blitzing scheme that the Steelers used en route to two Super Bowl wins in the last four years. Capers guided the No. 2, No. 8 and No. 2 defenses in Pittsburgh from 1992 through 1994, then guided the second-year Carolina Panthers to the NFC championship game following the 1996 regular season. Capers will implement the 3-4 as his base defense but will continue to use some 4-3 principles during the transition.

Mike Trgovac, defensive line: Trgovac, 49, comes to Green Bay after spending the last six seasons as Carolina's defensive coordinator. He was offered a contract extension but instead wanted to take a step back to be a position coach, and pounced on the opportunity to work with Capers. Including one year as defensive line coach in Carolina, the Panthers posted four top-10 defenses in seven years. He spent 1999 in Green Bay in the same capacity under Ray Rhodes. He's never coached a 3-4 defense but played nose guard for the University of Michigan.

Kevin Greene, outside linebackers: The 46-year-old Greene, who ranks third in NFL history and first among linebackers with 160 sacks, has never been a coach, though he did serve six summer coaching internships with various teams. Greene led the NFL in sacks in 1994 with Pittsburgh, when Capers was defensive coordinator, and in 1996 with Pittsburgh, when Capers was the head coach. Greene said he's prepared for the coaching grind. He'll bring a ton of energy to the sideline.

Darren Perry, safeties: Perry, 40, arrives in Green Bay after coaching Oakland's defensive backs the past two seasons. Before that, he spent four seasons in Pittsburgh — 2003 as assistant secondary coach and 2004 through 2006 as secondary coach. Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu and Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha have been first-team All-Pros, though Perry laughed when asked about taking credit for them. He played safety for Capers at Pittsburgh, and finished with 32 career interceptions.

Joe Whitt Jr., cornerbacks: Whitt, 30, was the Packers' defensive quality control coach last season. His first season as an NFL coach was as assistant defensive backs coach in Atlanta in 2007, and he credits the Falcons' Emmitt Thomas — a Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback and former Packers defensive coordinator — with teaching him a good portion of what he knows. His dad, Joe Whitt Jr., was Greene's position coach at Auburn.

Shawn Slocum, special teams coordinator: The son of legendary Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum, the 43-year-old Shawn Slocum was Mike Stock's assistant for the previous three seasons. He'll take some of what he learned under Stock and put his own stamp on things. He's been a special teams coach at every stop of his 18-year coaching career.

Curtis Fuller, assistant special teams: Fuller, 30, played 10 games for the Packers in 2003 and 2004. Fuller, a fourth-round pick by Seattle in 2001, was a scouting assistant for Dallas after he retired and a special teams quality control assistant with Oakland in 2007. Last summer, he was a coaching intern at the Packers' training camp.

Scott McCurley, defensive quality control: The 28-year-old McCurley joined the Packers as a coaching administration intern in 2006 and was the coaching administrator the past two seasons, assisting in preparing game film and the game plan. He played at the University of Pittsburgh from 1999 through 2002, then spent the next three seasons as a graduate assistant coach.

John Rushing, offensive quality control: Rushing, 36, spent the past six seasons as Utah State's defensive backs coach. One of his players there was Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush. He was in Green Bay for training camp last summer as a minority coaching intern. He was a four-year letter-winning cornerback at Washington State from 1991 through 1994.

Dave Redding, strength and conditioning coordinator: Redding, 56, is a 23-year NFL veteran, and until this season, every year was spent with Marty Schottenheimer. He's a believer in free weights and the importance of good nutrition. He was out of football for the last two seasons and worked as a nutritional and fitness consultant. The Packers were his favorite team as a child growing up in Nebraska, and when the job came open, he contacted the Packers to express interest.

Chad Morton, coaching administrator: Morton, 31, spent seven seasons in the NFL as a backup running back and kick returner with New Orleans (fifth-round pick, 2000), the Jets (2001-2002), Washington (2003-2004) and the Giants (2005-06). In 92 career games, he averaged 23.6 yards on kickoff returns with three touchdowns and 9.2 yards on punt returns with touchdowns.

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Lambeau Level forum.


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