The Green Bay Packers released special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum earlier today. The team’s official website announced the move, referring to it as a release, versus a firing. After the Packers sub-par performance on special teams this season, there was speculation as to whether the team might make a move with the coaching staff.
The Packers saw seven kicks blocked in 2014 and a season-culminating gaffe on special teams in Seattle in the NFC championship game. Tight end Brandon Bostick was on the “hands” team for an onside kick try and abandoned his blocking assignment to make a play on the ball. He wasn’t able to handle it and it squirted loose to be recovered by the Seahawks.
After the 2013 season, the Packers hired Ron Zook to come in as assistant special teams coach, a sign that they wanted to see more from this area. After this season, in which the Packers ranked last in special teams ranking according to Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, the team felt a change was necessary. Based on those standings, there is only one direction for the Packers special teams to go.
There has been no announcement as to whether Zook will assume the role of special teams coordinator or if the team will consider outside candidates as well.
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