Packers Morning Buzz: Offensive linemen lament James Campen's departure

Stu Courtney
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The Packers introduced Matt LaFleur as their new head coach Wednesday, and he has spent the last several days trying to assemble a coaching staff while watching some longtime assistants depart.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, left, talks with offensive line coach James Campen during minicamp at Ray Nitschke Field June 15, 2016.

We'll start with Jason Wilde writing for the Wisconsin State Journal about longtime Packers offensive line coach James Campen, who was allowed to sign on with the Browns.

Wilde writes:

After 15 years on the Packers’ staff — tied for the longest tenure for an assistant in the club’s 100-year history — Campen was told by new head coach Matt LaFleur that the team was going another direction with the offensive line coaching position, and that he was free to pursue other opportunities. So Campen did — even though he wanted to stay in Green Bay, according to multiple sources close to Campen.

“Honestly, I feel so lucky to have come in the league and have had James Campen as my coach right off the bat,” center Corey Linsley wrote in an iMessage while on a trip to Iceland with his wife, Anna. “In addition to him having played center and being able to help me personally, he is unbelievably passionate about the game itself. And that passion is contagious.

“But beyond that, he’s a hell of a man who cares deeply about every single one of his guys. I’m going to miss him a lot.”

Added veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga: “Coach Campen is a great football coach and he will be missed in our room. He’s been my coach since I was a rookie and has been a huge reason why I am the player I am today — not only because of his instruction but because of the trust and freedom he lets his guys play with.”

You can read the entire story here:

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