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Green Bay Packers fire Sam Gash, Jerry Fontenot

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  • By Tyler Dragon NFL.com
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Fresh from losing in the playoffs, the Packers are relieving two assistant coaches of their duties.

Green Bay fired running backs coach Sam Gash and tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot, the team announced Tuesday.

Gash joined the Packers in 2014 after being the Detroit Lions' running back coach. Fontenot started with the organization as an intern during head coach Mike McCarthy's first year in Green Bay. He was promoted to assistant offensive line coach, running backs coach in 2011 and then named tight ends coach in 2012.

Every game, all season

"I respect the Green Bay organization a lot," Gash said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I just apologize that I didn't, I guess, get the job done. And that's totally on me. You just live and learn from every situation that you're in. I'm living and I've learned a lot. That's all. I think the organization is great."

Green Bay's ground attack sputtered this season, mainly because Eddie Lacy came into training camp overweight and never recovered. Lacy was put in McCarthy's doghouse and was replaced at the top of the depth chart by James Starks. The Alabama product rushed for just 758 yards after rumbling for 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns a season ago.

Like the running backs, Green Bay's tight ends were also a disappointment. Richard Rodgers made some highlight-reel catches but struggled with blocking and wasn't consistently involved in the offense. Rodgers totaled 58 catches and 510 yards on the season. The development of the Packers' other tight ends never came into fruition in 2015.

With Tuesday's moves, McCarthy clearly isn't satisfied with the direction of the Packers' ground attack and the performance of his tight ends. Gash and Fontenot's successors will have to get in Lacy's ear about maintaining a good playing weight and produce reliable tight ends.

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