Two assistant coaches get promotions

Darrell Bevell and Brad Miller each took a step up the ladder among the Green Bay Packers' assistant coaches. Bevell was promoted to quarterbacks coach while Miller was elevated to assistant defensive line coach by Packers head coach and general manager Mike Sherman.<p>

Bevell came to the Packers in 2000 as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. He was promoted to offensive assistant last year. His main duties with his new post will be to work closely with Brett Favre. Last year he mainly worked with third string quarterback Craig Nall and assisted offensive coordinator Tom Rossley with offensive strategy and game planning. He also continued to compile scouting reports, breaking down opponent game video and setting up the Packers' extensive collection of teaching tools, including the Pinnacle digital video system.

"If Coach Sherman wants something conveyed to Brett, I will be the person to communicate it to him now," Bevell explained.

Bevell's promotion will free up Rossley, who served as quarterbacks coach since he was hired by Sherman in 2000. Now Bevell will conduct quarterback meetings instead of Rossley, who has been criticized for his play-calling, especially late in the season last year.

"Darrell has developed into an excellent quarterbacks coach," Sherman said. "My original plan three years ago was to elevate him to this position if I felt confident in his abilities, and I do. He has done an outstanding job working with our offense and the quarterbacks since he's been here. I'm confident that will continue."

Bevell, 33, is entering his eighth season in the coaching profession. He finished at the University of Wisconsin's all-time leading passer with 18 school records and two Big Ten marks.

Following graduation in 1995, Bevell launched his coaching career, becoming an assistant at Westmar University in Lamar, Iowa (the college since has closed). He served as Westmar's passing game coordinator in 1998, and also tutored the school's quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. Bevell moved on to Iowa State in 1997 as a graduate assistant, coaching the wide receivers.

Bevell feels he is ready for his new challenge and welcomes the opportunity to work more closely with Favre.

"With every promotion comes higher expectations, which I welcome," Bevell said. "I appreciate the fact that Coach Sherman is giving me this great opportunity, as well as all of the help and support that Tom has given me the past three years.

"When I was hired in 2000, Coach Sherman talked about there being a definite plan. Maybe the first year I was here the thought of coaching Brett might have been intimidating. But now I'm confident that I know what Coach Sherman wants out of that position, and I'm ready."

Miller, a 17-year coaching veteran, came to the Packers in 2001 as defensive assistant/quality control. He will continue to assist defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, in addition to carrying out duties studying opponent tendencies and integrating the club's Pinnacle digital video system with PowerPoint to further enhance the team's teaching of its players.

"Brad has a wealth of experience and knowledge, both on the field with the players and off the field with the video and computers," Sherman said of Miller. "He will continue to facilitate the teaching of our coaches to the players with PowerPoint and video in an effort to keep us ahead in this area. By adding the title of assistant defensive line coach, his on-the-field duties will expand as he assists Jethro Franklin with the defensive line and John Bonamego with special teams."

Before entering the NFL, the 39-year-old Pasadena, Calif., native was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos' coaching staff for five seasons (1996-2000), serving in the 2000 season as the team's assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach after coaching the defensive line (1996, 1998-1999) and serving as defensive coordinator/secondary coach (1997). Miller's 1996 defensive line contributed to the Eskimos posting the top-ranked defense in the Canadian Football League on the way to an appearance in the Grey Cup.

Miller had made his pro coaching debut in 1995 with the CFL's Birmingham Barracudas as linebackers coach. Before entering the professional ranks, he coached at the collegiate level for nine years, eight of them at California's Riverside Community College.

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