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Assistant offensive line coach Hilgenberg resigns

Apr 25, 2014 -- 3:41pm
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Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg resigned Friday, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

GREEN BAY – For the second time this offseason, a Green Bay Packers assistant coach has resigned, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

Assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg has made the decision to resign, the team announced Friday.

“It has been a great experience for me to be with the Green Bay Packers these past few years, and I am thankful for the opportunity I was given,” Hilgenberg said in a statement released by the club. “I feel that it is more important now that I have more time to spend with my wife, Jeanie, and our daughter, Anna. I will miss all of the great people in the Packers organization that I have come to know, and I wish everyone the very best in the future.”

 Hilgenberg served as the Packers’ offensive quality control coach in 2011 and was the team’s assistant offensive line coach in 2012 and 2013. In his three seasons with the team, Hilgenberg was part of an offensive staff that helped the Packers rank No. 3 in the league in scoring (29.4 ppg), No. 6 in total offense (388.3 ypg), No. 4 in net passing yards (275.9 ypg) and No. 3 in fewest giveaways (55) over that span.

“I respect Joel’s decision and understand his desire to focus on his family,” McCarthy said. “We want to thank him for all of his hard work and contributions during his time with the Packers. We wish Joel, Jeanie and Anna all of the best in the years ahead.”

On Jan. 17, also a Friday afternoon, the club announced that outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene was walking away from the job he’d held since 2009, saying he, too, wanted to spend more time with his family.

“Kevin approached me recently to express his desire to step away from coaching so that he could spend more time with his family,” McCarthy’s statement released by the team’s PR department read that day. “Kevin provided an incredible amount of energy, passion and knowledge each and every day he was with us. The dedication he showed to maximizing the potential of his players was clearly evident to anyone that worked with him, and he will be missed. I want to wish Kevin, Tara, Gavin and Gabrielle nothing but the best in the years ahead.”

McCarthy reorganized his staff in February following Greene’s resignation, assistant special teams coach Chad Morton’s dismissal and quarterback coach Ben McAdoo’s departure to become the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator.

Running backs coach Alex Van Pelt shifted to quarterbacks coach, Sam Gash was hired as running backs coach, Ron Zook was hired as assistant special teams coach, Winston Moss was given responsibility of both inside and outside linebackers, and Scott McCurley was elevated to assistant linebackers coach.

James Campen remains the Packers’ offensive line coach. Jerry Fontenot, the team’s tight ends coach, played center for 16 NFL seasons and could certain assist with coaching the line if necessary.

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