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McCarthy adds 4 assistants to staff, shuffles 5 others

Feb. 7, 2014
 
Winston Moss will coach all of the Green Bay Packers' linebackers, not just inside linebackers, next season. File/Press-Gazette Media
Winston Moss will coach all of the Green Bay Packers' linebackers, not just inside linebackers, next season. File/Press-Gazette Media

Coach Mike McCarthy set his Green Bay Packers coaching staff for 2014 by hiring four new assistant coaches and promoting or changing the duties of five others.

The four new coaches are Ron Zook, who will be an assistant special teams coach; Sam Gash, who will coach running backs; Luke Getsy, who was a receivers coach at Western Michigan last season and will be an offensive quality control coach; and Chris Gizzi, the former Packers linebacker who will be a strength and conditioning assistant.

Among the internal changes, Alex Van Pelt moved to quarterbacks coach from running backs coach, which was reported last month.

McCarthy also has changed the way he structured his linebackers coaches for coordinator Dom Capersí 3-4 scheme. Previously, he had an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach. But after Kevin Greene resigned last month, McCarthy decided to have Winston Moss coach both inside and outside linebackers with the title of linebackers coach. Moss previously coached only the inside linebackers. Scott McCurley, who had been a defensive quality control coach, was promoted to assistant linebackers coach.

To replace McCurley, McCarthy moved John Rushing from offensive assistant/special teams to defensive quality control, and promoted Jason Simmons from coaching administrator to defensive/special teams assistant.

The hiring of Zook and Gash were reported earlier today.

Zook, who replaces the recently fired Chad Morton as assistant special teams coach, is the former head coach at the University of Florida and University of Illinois. Gash, who succeeds Van Pelt, is a former NFL fullback who coached the Detroit Lions running backs from 2008 to 2012.

Gizzi played linebacker for the Packers in 2000 and 2001. He was a strength and conditioning intern with the Packers in the offseason and for training camp last year, then spent the rest of the year as football strength and conditioning assistant for the University of North Carolina. From 2010 to 2013, he owned a training facility in Chicago.

Getsy started his college football career as a quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh, then transferred to Akron, where he was the starter in 2005 and 2006. He was a graduate assistant at Akron in 2007 and 2008, then was offensive coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2009, a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh in 2010, and then offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and 2012.

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