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Jacksonville Jaguars special teams coach John Bonamego, who coached Jacksonville's special teams to the No. 1 ranking in the NFL this season under ousted coach Tom Coughlin, will reportedly be in Green Bay on Monday to discuss Green Bay's vacant special teams coaching position with head coach and general manager Mike Sherman.<p>

Bonamego, 39, worked under special teams coaches Larry Pasquale and Frank Gansz Sr. in Jacksonville from 1999-2001. He took over for Gansz Sr., who retired at the end of the 2001 season. He possesses 17 years of coaching experience at various levels but has only coached in the NFL with Jacksonville.

Sherman is seeking a special teams coach after Frank Novak retired on Jan. 9. Novak will finish the final year of his contract as a consultant with the team. Sherman also is seeking a linebackers coach to replace Bo Pelini, who left to become defensive coordinator for the University of Nebraska.

Bonamego has one more year left on his contract, but the Jaguars' assistant coaches were given permission to interview for other jobs after Coughlin was fired at the end of the regular season. Former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, 39, was hired Thursday as the Jaguars' new head coach.

Other possible candidates for the Packers' special teams coach opening include: Al Roberts, fired as special teams coach of the Cincinnati Bengals; ex-San Francisco special teams coach Bruce De Haven; and Jay Hayes, who coached special teams at the University of Wisconsin from 1995-'98.

Former Cincinnati Bengals assistant Mark Duffner, 49, appears to be the Packers' top candidate for the linebackers position. He and Packers coach Mike Sherman are close friends, from four years as assistant coaches at Holy Cross, according to reports.

Bob Davie, the former Notre Dame head coach who coached with Sherman at Texas A&M, may also be a strong candidate to coach the linebackers, or Green Bay's special teams. Davie and Sherman also are reportedly good friends.

In other news, former Packers defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas was named Cincinnati's defensive coordinator under new head coach Marvin Lewis. Thomas was with Green Bay under Ray Rhodes in 1999.

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