by Bruce Ciskie
It took a week, but the Green Bay Packers have done the right thing.
The club announced Monday that they have fired six defensive coaches, including embattled coordinator Bob Sanders. The firings were first reported by the National Football Post, and then confirmed by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Defensive tackles coach Robert Nunn, defensive ends coach Carl Hairston, defensive backs coach Kurt Schottenheimer, cornerbacks coach Lionel Washington, and assistant Kevin Gullickson were also sent packing.
Word from Silverstein is that assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss, who has interviewed for the vacant head coaching position in St. Louis, was the only defensive coach retained.
What isn't known is what direction head coach Mike McCarthy will go for a new defensive coordinator. If Moss doesn't get the Rams job, he has to be considered a candidate. Silverstein also mentions the possibility of Mike Nolan joining the staff. The former 49ers head coach is said to be friends with McCarthy.
As for Sanders, I'm sure I don't have to tell you that I won't miss him much. Hopefully the new coordinator will play all the guys at the correct positions, and perhaps be capable of squeezing some success out of the group, instead of crafting fourth-quarter failure after fourth-quarter failure.
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