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Meet the new guys

by Mark Daniels

All that was missing were the "Hello My Name Is" stickers.  Packers Head Coach MIke McCarthy introduced the new members of his coaching staff today with a media session in the Bart Starr room of the Legends Club inside the Lambeau Field Atrium.    Actually, the media members should have been the ones wearing the tags because we already know the reassigned assistants and we are well aware of the newcomers.   Only two of the new staff members were on hand, former Florida and Illinois Head Coach Ron Zook, now the Special Teams Assistant Coach and Sam Gash, the 12 year veteran NFL fullback who spent the 2008 through 2012 seasons as the Detroit Lions running backs coach.  He was on a paid sabbatical last season.  The other new arrivals are Luke Gesty, the offensive quality control assistant who spent last year coaching wide receivers at Western Michigan University and Chris Gizzi, the new strength and conditioning assistant to Mark Lovat.   Packer fans will remember the former Air Force free agent linebacker who spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons with the team.  It was Gizzi who led the team onto the field carrying the star spangled banner before the first game after the 9-11 attack, an unforgettable Lambeau Field moment.

As for the reassigned coaches:  Winston Moss is now the assistant Head Coach in charge of all linebackers, inside and out following the departure of Kevin Greene.  Alex Van Pelt moves from running backs coach to quarterbacks coach, a position he played as a collegian and pro.  Scot McCurley will be the assistant linebackers coach after spending the last five years as a quality control staff member.  Jason Simmons with be a general defensive and special teams assistant after spending four years as a coaching administrative aid.  John Rushing is another veteran of six years helping out almost everywhere who will now be a defensive quality control assistant.

Before the interview session with the new coaches, McCarthy met with us to talk about the change for Moss and the new additions of Zook and Gash.  He was also asked about the University of Missouri defensive end who delivered quite a story to ESPN's Outside the Lines this weekend.   Michael Sam, the SEC co-defensive player of the year told the program he is proudly gay.  He informed his teammates last August and is ready to enter the NFL as the first openly gay player.  McCarthy covers it all as you'll hear:

Audio: MIke McCarthy

In the coming days, we'll hear from the new assistant coaches on how they wound up in Green Bay and what they hope to bring to the Packers.