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Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg stepping aside

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Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg will be resigning from the staff, the club said Friday on its website.

“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, according to Packers.com. “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.”

The 51-year-old Hilgenberg was the Packers’ assistant offensive line coach in 2012 and 2013. He also spent time with Green Bay as an offensive quality control coach (2011) and as a coaching intern (2010).

Hilgenberg played 142 games for the Saints from 1984-1993 and was a Pro Bowler in 1992.

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48 Responses to “Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg stepping aside”
  1. seaeagle707 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:59 PM

    He thought; ‘You expect me to protect Aaron, with “THESE” guys???’, and did the prudent thing. Hightailed it outta town.

  2. schmokes says: Apr 25, 2014 4:02 PM

    Wait, the offensive line coach needs an assistant?

  3. torpedo8 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:12 PM

    Let’s see where he surfaces…

  4. thepftpoet says: Apr 25, 2014 4:13 PM

    This is why Rick Spielman is a better GM than Ted Thompson:

    Rick Spielman has drafted 61 players since he took over the draft room in 2006, eight of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players since he took over the draft room in 2005, only seven of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    That’s 13% Pro Bowl Player success rate for Spielman & only 7% success rate for Ted Thompson.

    Once again proving the Minnesota Vikings superior.

  5. ariani1985 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:14 PM

    If I had to coach that horrible O-line i would quit too!!!!!!

  6. cottonjoe says: Apr 25, 2014 4:21 PM

    NFL World Championships

    Green Bay = 13
    Minnesota = 0

  7. huskerguy says: Apr 25, 2014 4:24 PM

    You can have all the Probowlers you want… We’ll keep the rings.

    Vikings still suck and will continue to forever. Skol-blow

  8. dethsupport says: Apr 25, 2014 4:26 PM

    I think he’s had it with the area. Time to move someplace more interesting.

  9. speicher145 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:30 PM

    How many Super Bowls has Minnesota won??? Ask yourself what really matters.

  10. iamthorny says: Apr 25, 2014 4:31 PM

    Hmmm. That’s the 2nd staffer to leave for “family reasons”, Kevin Greene, being the other.

    Starting to wonder if the atmosphere in Green Bay isn’t such a great place to work.

  11. purplepanteez says: Apr 25, 2014 4:33 PM

    Packer fans have it rough.

    All those years of watching the Pro Bowl – which is the highlight of my season – and very rarely seeing their players in the game.

    Sure, sure.

    The Packers consistently win the division and have all those championships.

    Whatever.

    Give me lots and lots of purple in that Pro Bowl over playoff success any day.

    #ProBowlSkol

  12. GenXJay says: Apr 25, 2014 4:43 PM

    what’s worse, a coach getting fired or one that flat out quits from a “team”…
    I think that the two cheesebay coaches, so far, quit because of the inevitable decline. They see it.

  13. thevikesarebest says: Apr 25, 2014 4:43 PM

    The Turdbay packers have an offensive line coach?they don’t even have an offensive line,and that defense is offensive.SKOL

  14. Remember Brian Brohm says: Apr 25, 2014 4:46 PM

    Joel, you have no idea how wonderful your life will be now that you’re out of that place.

  15. ariani1985 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:52 PM

    Rember back in 1862 Green Bay won there 4th championship!!!! Granted there were on 6 teams in the league and 2 went bankrupt that year but they still one!!!!

  16. deflateddome says: Apr 25, 2014 5:02 PM

    You are asking me to stake my job on Bulaga, Sherrod and a new center we call Toast?

    Hmmm OK, so you planning on having 9 picks in the 7th round this year to round out the OL roster?

    Thanks Ted..I would rather spend time with my kids…

  17. deflateddome says: Apr 25, 2014 5:05 PM

    The big question is…how many future Super Bowls will the Packers win while surrounding Rodgers with FA and low draft picks?

    Look for Rodgers to tire of this within the next 2 years..TT and McMuffin would be gone 3 years ago if it wasn’t for him…

  18. johngaltwho says: Apr 25, 2014 5:05 PM

    Vikings fans, as always continue to thoroughly enjoy the off season, and we all fully understand and respect the reasons.

    If our team was consistently eliminated from playoff contention by week 8, we all might relish the offseason, crow about every free agent acquisition, watch the draft and imagine the transformation it will bring, and blog about how perennially superior teams suck and how this year, unlike every other year before, the Vikings will be successful and win the superbowl. Talk the talk now Vikings fans, this is your playoff season. Enjoy it.

    Somebody
    Keeps
    On
    Losing

    SKOL!

  19. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 25, 2014 5:06 PM

    Who cares! But it is fun reading Packer and Viking fans go at it!

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    I wonder if Coach Hilgenberg got a ring for his internship in 2010. I suspect he did. The Packers have a reputation for being very generous with their Superbowl rings.

  21. purpleguy says: Apr 25, 2014 5:15 PM

    He quit after finally realizing that Bulaga’s arms were just never going to get any longer.

  22. bassplucker says: Apr 25, 2014 5:17 PM

    Why have the Packers’ struggled so much for the last few years on their O-Line? Talent, or coaching?

    If it’s coaching, then this is addition by subtraction. It it’s talent, then this guy leaving really isn’t gonna matter.

  23. jjh1982 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:17 PM

    I can’t remember the last time Vikings won a championship, when was it again?

  24. aa1829 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:18 PM

    Thats won.

  25. rtlambert1 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:21 PM

    ^Let me translate this to English so people can understand (Nevermind the validity): Remember back in 1862, when Green Bay won their 4th championship? Granted there were only 6 teams in the league and 2 went bankrupt that year, but they still won.

  26. jtp13 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:34 PM

    As a Packers fan, I traveled to the Metrodome once and have to say thank you so much for handing out Minnesota Vikings towels, I really appreciate not having to purchase toilet paper anymore. Too bad one of Spielman’s picks wasn’t a HOF QB.

  27. nowillrepeat says: Apr 25, 2014 5:44 PM

    Come home to nola bro. We are grooming a new center, and could use a legend like yourself to coach him up.

  28. widogg says: Apr 25, 2014 5:55 PM

    minnesota ripping on wisconsin is like turkmenistan ripping on kazekhastan

  29. Shinnbone says: Apr 25, 2014 6:01 PM

    Remember when the Vikings won the Super Bowl…..me neither. Lol

  30. thebeast431 says: Apr 25, 2014 6:03 PM

    Vikings have had 14 pro bowl picks (AP 6 times). Green Bay has had 15 (CM3 4 times).

  31. stellarperformance says: Apr 25, 2014 6:09 PM

    Once again, anonymous insults and putdowns is the only “ammunition” the haters have. WE have a bad O-line? WE have a bad defense? Uh huh. More wishful thinking .

    We have it. They want it. The Packers Own The Vikings. We know it. They know it.

  32. contra74 says: Apr 25, 2014 6:11 PM

    Stepping aside…exactly what his offensive line did all last year.

  33. f1restarter says: Apr 25, 2014 6:20 PM

    These Viking fans are hilarious.

    The only thing the Vikings are better at than the Packers is losing Super Bowls.

  34. hawkstradamus says: Apr 25, 2014 6:21 PM

    The packers o line always steps aside, just ask aaron Rodgers

  35. thegreatjimbrown says: Apr 25, 2014 6:40 PM

    “That’s 13% Pro Bowl Player success rate for Spielman & only 7% success rate for Ted Thompson.”

    Yeah, when you consistently lose and pick at the top of the draft, you have a better chance to pick a pro bowler or two. Problem is, you have to put a team around them. Thompson keeps doing that and keeps winning. Not so much with Spielman. Maybe try again (for the millionth time) to get a QB this draft?

  36. terrythetank says: Apr 25, 2014 6:42 PM

    As a Packer fan living in MN, I take great joy knowing I’ve kept some hapless Viking fan out of a good paying job.

  37. nicopenelope says: Apr 25, 2014 7:14 PM

    Should just make the Vikings a college team at TCF Stadium. Maybe the Vikings could beat Alabama since they can’t win a Super Bowl.

  38. filthymcnastyi says: Apr 25, 2014 7:16 PM

    Packers window is just about closed!

  39. rudedog36 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:44 PM

    Hey Doc, Remember when the Vikings won the Superbowl? Yeah Marty, I think it was 2065, right after they moved to L.A.

  40. huskerguy says: Apr 25, 2014 8:24 PM

    Remember when Green Bay won that Super Bowl a few years ago?

  41. teal379 says: Apr 25, 2014 8:29 PM

    This is why Rick Spielman is a better GM than Ted Thompson:

    Rick Spielman has drafted 61 players since he took over the draft room in 2006, eight of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players since he took over the draft room in 2005, only seven of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    That’s 13% Pro Bowl Player success rate for Spielman & only 7% success rate for Ted Thompson.

    Once again proving the Minnesota Vikings superior.

    Of course he should have drafted more pro-bowlers. When the Vikings consistently draft in the top 10 compared to the Packers consistently drafting in the bottom 10 of each round – they should be putting more people in the pro-bowl.

    Actually – given the fact that the Packers typically draft bottom 1/3 of the round and keep having to draft bottom 1/3 shows that Ted’s the better talent evaluator – he doesn’t get his shot at blue chippers, he finds guys that can win and win a lot.

    What’s the MN winning percentage during Spielman’s time vs Ted’s? Draft position? That’s the REAL test of a talent evaluator.

  42. randallwoodfield says: Apr 25, 2014 9:49 PM

    Second person that decided he would rather be unemployed than work for the Packers this year. Seems logical.

  43. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 25, 2014 11:00 PM

    Remember when packer fans starting caring more about beating the Vikings than winning championships? I do. Your team is nothing without rodgers

  44. golforepar says: Apr 26, 2014 12:31 AM

    Are the ringless Vikings really playing in a High School stadium this year?

  45. wyrdawg says: Apr 26, 2014 12:51 AM

    The entire Hilgenberg family are just great Americans. I served with Brad. Jay: Outstanding Bears center worthy of the HOF.

    Good luck sir. I hope you decide to get back into it.

    It’s a BS business, but, good-hearted Americans are very much appreciated.

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:57 AM

    Beating the hapless and tasteless Vikings is pretty much a given this decade, as this will mark the 5th straight year to do so.

    There’s only so much pleasure one can take in beating up on bad teams.

  47. randallwoodfield says: Apr 26, 2014 8:11 PM

    Are the ringless Vikings really playing in a High School stadium this year?
    ———————————————————–

    Actually it’s state of the art college stadium, while their new state of the art NFL stadium is being constructed. It’s the Packers that are playing in a stadium that’s as old as the Roman Colosseum. Bench seats to boot, that’s as antiquated as it gets in NFL standards.

  48. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 27, 2014 11:26 AM

    The Vikings will attempt to wrap crap up in a pretty wrapper. But it’s still crap.

    Hopefully the roof won’t collapse like everything else in that state.

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