Green Bay Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt works with Cedric Benson during training camp practice in August at Ray Nitschke Field. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette
The applications came in waves. Even now, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy couldn't guess how many interviews he conducted in those fleeting weeks.
When the running backs coaching position opened up earlier this year, McCarthy and recently promoted offensive coordinator Tom Clements ran through one background check after another in search of their guy.
It was a tedious process, but McCarthy relishes these opportunities, especially given the circumstances. When offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was hired in January as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, the move triggered a ...