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Packers Bring in Three New Coaches

January 17, 2006

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Five days after becoming the Packers’ coach, Mike McCarthy on Tuesday hired three coaches and kept three others.

The moves left only the position of quarterbacks coach vacant on the offensive staff and follow Sunday’s hiring of offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski.

Edgar Bennett will return as running back coach, as will Joe Philbin (offensive line coach) and James Campen (assistant offensive line coach). Ty Knott becomes offensive quality control coach, Ben McAdoo is tight ends coach and Jimmy Robinson will coach wide receivers.

``I’ve found these individuals to be not only the best available coaches and teachers, but also what I would call Packer people,″ McCarthy said.

McCarthy still needs to decide on his defensive staff. Defensive coordinator Jim Bates decided not to return on Monday.

McCarthy was hired Thursday after Packers general manager Ted Thompson fired Mike Sherman after six years, the last a season that was the worst in Green Bay since 1991.

Bennett will be in his second season as running backs coach after playing five seasons with the team (1992-96). Philbin came to Green Bay as assistant offensive line coach in 2003 and spent the last two seasons as tight ends-assistant offensive line coach.

Campen has been the team’s assistant offensive line-quality control coach for the last two seasons. He also played five years for the Packers (1989-93). Knott spent the past three seasons as a defensive assistant-quality control with the New Orleans Saints.

McAdoo joins his third NFL team after serving as San Francisco’s assistant offensive line-quality control coach in 2005. He also worked under McCarthy in New Orleans. Robinson has worked with receivers almost exclusively over the last 16 seasons as an NFL coach. He has tutored Marvin Harrison, Joe Horn and Amani Toomer.

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