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Packers Fill Two Assistant Spots

GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Green Bay Packers have filled two vacancies on their coaching staff with experienced N-F-L assistants.  

Newspapers in Green Bay and Milwaukee reported today that Detroit Lions' assistant Sam Gash will become the new running backs' coach -- and former New Orleans defensive coordinator Ron Zook will be the Packers' new assistant special teams' coach under Shawn Slocum.

 As running backs' coach, Gash replaces Alex Van Pelt -- who becomes the new quarterbacks coach in place of the departed Ben McAdoo.  Zook replaces Chad Morton, whom the Packers recently let go.  

Gash had a 12-year N-F-L playing career as a fullback, and he's been an N-F-L assistant since 2005.  He had been the Lions from 2007 through last season, when he was fired along with head coach Jim Schwartz.  

Zook worked with Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy with the Saints.  Among other things, he's also been a head coach in college at Illinois and Florida.  

McCarthy is still looking for an outside linebackers' coach to replace Kevin Greene.