Packers fire special teams coordinator Slocum after gaffes
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers released special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum on Friday, less than two weeks after mistakes marred their loss in the NFC title game in Seattle.
Coach Mike McCarthy announced the move and thanked Slocum, who was with Green Bay for nine years and helped the team win the Super Bowl following the 2010 season.
Green Bay blew a 16-0 lead in the 28-22 overtime loss to the Seahawks, who benefited from a pair of special teams mistakes: Seahawks holder Jon Ryan threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tackle Garry Gilliam on a fake field goal and then tight end Brandon Bostick didn't block on an onside kick late in the game, mishandling the ball that Seattle recovered.
McCarthy this week hinted that an all-out ''block'' call on the field goal was a mistake: ''Creating the opportunity for them to make a big play is where we erred.''