Slocum elevated to Packers' special-teams coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers promoted Shawn Slocum to special-teams coach Thursday to replace the retired Mike Stock.

Slocum served as the Packers' special-teams assistant coach the past three seasons and coached 15 seasons at the collegiate level before coming to Green Bay. The Packers hired Curtis Fuller to fill Slocum's slot.

"Shawn has made a significant impact in developing many of our core special-teams players," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "Curtis is a young, up-and-coming coach who will be a positive addition to our staff."

Fuller is a former NFL defensive back who played safety for Seattle, Green Bay and Carolina before being the special-teams quality control assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and a coaching intern for the Packers.

Stock, 69, retired two weeks ago after 44 years in coaching, but he had previously said he hoped he could return for a fourth season with the Packers.

The unit's problems figured in Green Bay's 6-10 season and failure to make the playoffs. After the season, the Packers also dismissed six assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Bob Sanders.

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