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Packers' assistant offensive line coach steps down

Apr. 25, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers tackle David Bahktiari, left, works against guard Josh Sitton during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
Green Bay Packers tackle David Bahktiari, left, works against guard Josh Sitton during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. / File/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg said he is resigning to spend more time with his family.

Hilgenberg is the second assistant coach to resign this offseason after outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene stepped down in January citing family reasons.

“It has been a great experience for me to be with the Green Bay Packers these past few years, and I am thankful for the opportunity I was given,” Hilgenberg said in a statement released by the team Friday. “I feel that it is more important now that I have more time to spend with my wife, Jeanie, and our daughter, Anna. I will miss all of the great people in the Packers organization that I have come to know, and I wish everyone the very best in the future.”

Hilgenberg spent three seasons in Green Bay. He was the offensive quality control coach in 2011 and assistant line coach in 2012 and 2013.

“I respect Joel’s decision and understand his desire to focus on his family,” coach Mike McCarthy said in the release. “We want to thank him for all of his hard work and contributions during his time with the Packers. We wish Joel, Jeanie and Anna all of the best in the years ahead.”

Hilgenberg played 142 games as an offensive lineman with New Orleans (1984-93) and was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 2006. His brother, Jay, was a seven-time Pro Bowl player with the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.

The Packers have made several coaching staff changes this offseason.

In January, they lost quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who was named offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Alex Van Pelt was moved from running backs coach to replace McAdoo, and Sam Gash was hired as the running backs coach.

After Greene’s departure, Winston Moss was moved from inside linebackers coach to oversee all linebackers, while defensive quality control coach Scott McCurley was promoted to assistant linebackers coach.

The Packers also replaced assistant specials teams coach Chad Morton with Ron Zook, and promoted John Simmons to specials teams/defensive backs assistant coach.

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