The special-teams coaching combination of Shawn Slocum and Chad Morton has helped mold the third phase of the Green Bay Packers over the past two years.
As we wrote about in our Thursday mainbar, the two coaches’ relationship began when Morton was a running back and returner at the University of Southern California where Slocum was working as a linebackers and special-teams coach at the time.
Since reuniting in 2009, the Packers’ special teams have come into their own over the past two years with the addition of dynamic returner Randall Cobb, some well-timed trick plays and continued dedication to technique and fundamentals.
It resulted in the Packers’ special teams jumping to 13th in the Morning News’ 2011 rankings, their highest grade since 2007, and coach Mike McCarthy often crediting Slocum and Morton’s unit for its consistency.
“Special teams has been our most consistent unit from the start of the season to the end of the season,” McCarthy said. “Really the only negative performance we had as a whole special teams unit was our second game down in Chicago. I’ve been very pleased with the consistency of our coverage teams ... I thought the blocking has really improved over past years and we have a dynamic returner in Randall Cobb.”
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