Jerry Fontenot was hesitant at first to uproot his family from his Chicago-based home to the Green Bay when he left to pursue a career in coaching with the Packers in 2006.
At this point, itís safe to say Fontenot has arrived in the coaching business even if his family hasnít. They remain in Chicago, where Fontenot began his 16-year NFL career as an offensive lineman.
As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky writes, the 46-year-old Fontenot could be one of the rising stars in the profession only 6Ĺ years into his coaching career. Consider the path of some of the coaches who have held his current position before him. He replaced Ben McAdoo, who was promoted to quarterbacks coach in the offseason. Two former Packers tight ends coaches ó Andy Reid and Mike Sherman ó parlayed that position into an NFL head coaching job.
ďItís always a hope,Ē Fontenot said. ďA lot of things would have to happen in order for that to come around someday. I do this because I love it. I love giving back to the guys what was given to me by my coaches. If I can have that kind of effect on those guys, thatís the most important thing. If anything else comes from that career wise, then I would certainly look at it and explore it. For me to say thatís my ultimate goal, Iím happy doing what Iím doing, and thatís the most important thing to me right now.Ē
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*The Packersí recent success over the Chicago Bears has positioned them within five games in the all-time series and added a new dimension to the long-time rivalry, writes Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause (http://tinyurl.com/cdx8y3u).
*Press-Gazette writer Pete Dougherty gives you three things to watch in todayís game, including how rookie Don Barclay performs on the road and the Packers entering the contest much healthier than Chicago (http://tinyurl.com/dyr8639).
*The Press-Gazette beat writers predict the outcome of todayís game between the Packers and Bears (http://tinyurl.com/c8qufkk).