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Report: Packers hiring Ben Sirmans as running backs coach

Eddie Lacy AP

The Packers fired a pair of offensive assistants after losing to the Cardinals last weekend and they haven’t wasted much time lining up replacements.

Brian Angelichio will be the new tight ends coach, replacing Jerry Fontenot, and Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Ben Sirmans will take over as running backs coach. Sam Gash was dismissed from that role last week.

Sirmans spent the last four years in the same position with the Rams. In each of the last three seasons, Sirmans has seen a rookie take the top spot on the depth chart but he’s likely to have a different task on his hands this year. Getting Eddie Lacy back to a consistent level of production will probably be the top priority in Green Bay, although Sirmans’ experience working with younger backs could come in handy if James Starks leaves as a free agent.

The Rams job was Sirmans’ first in the NFL. He coached running backs at Boston College and Michigan State before moving to the professional ranks.

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  1. icebowler says: Jan 24, 2016 12:39 PM

    Is he also a nutritionist? Does he own a scale?

  2. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 24, 2016 12:42 PM

    The next coach McCarthy needs to fire is Dom Capers. Not that he actually will.

    The Packers have had back-to-back hall of fame quarterbacks, and are wasting them completely. 24 years with Favre and Rodgers, and how many Super Bowl wins to show for it? 2. The last team to have 2 consecutive HOF QBs was the 49ers from 1979 to 1999. They won 5 Super Bowls in only 14 years with Montana and Young.

    Rodgers is getting older with each passing year, and Capers is wasting his prime because he can’t coach a defense. Time and time and time and time and TIME again, Rodgers has carried the Packers in big games only to have his defense fail him. In Rodgers’ career, Capers’ defenses have allowed one of the greatest passing performances in playoff history, one of the greatest rushing performances in playoff history, one of the greatest combinations of passing and rushing in playoff history, one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history, and one of the shortest overtimes in playoff history.

    What a waste it will be if Favre and Rodgers retire with a combined 2 Super Bowl rings. Fire Capers!!!!!

  3. jo6pack says: Jan 24, 2016 12:44 PM

    How about working on a defensive coach, too.

    Maybe a tackling game coordinator. Might help Matthews bring Fitzgerald down next time.

  4. fijabbersman345 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:47 PM

    Bet Lacy could just move to guard on that awful o-line

  5. greenbaychicksarefat says: Jan 24, 2016 12:50 PM

    Richard Simmons couldn’t get Lazy in shape.

  6. codythao35 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:53 PM

    Packers can hire Lombardy from the grave and it won’t matter bc it’s not the rb coach’s fault but Rodgers and McCathy making better calls and plays. How about that?

  7. codythao35 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:55 PM

    Packers can hire Lombardy from the grave and it won’t matter bc it’s not the rb coach’s fault but Rodgers and McCathy making better calls and plays. How about that? AP doesn’t need a new rb coach to make him better.

  8. ninefingers9 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:55 PM

    Watching the Packer (un)faithful turn on McCarthy and Rodgers just like they did with Holmgren and Favre…Delicious!

  9. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 24, 2016 1:01 PM

    Will Ben spoon feed Eddie his plays?

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 24, 2016 1:02 PM

    Ben will have Eddie eating out of his hands. Easily. And often.

  11. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 24, 2016 1:04 PM

    A Sirman for Eddie means no Gash.

  12. allight59 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:09 PM

    Vikings able to procure former head coaches for coaching positions of need, Packers get novices with no history of success….500 will be a successful season for the next several years…

  13. motleytrap says: Jan 24, 2016 1:12 PM

    “The last team to have 2 consecutive HOF QBs was the 49ers from 1979 to 1999. They won 5 Super Bowls in only 14 years with Montana and Young.”

    With the exception of the last one, those SB teams didn’t have to contend with the salary cap and free agency.

    Of course if you grown tired of making the playoffs every year, feel free to become a Bills, Raiders or Rams fan and see how the other side lives.

  14. willycents says: Jan 24, 2016 1:13 PM

    Ahhhh, finally, the final piece for our 5 in a row SB victories!!!

  15. thevikesarebest says: Jan 24, 2016 1:21 PM

    Another failure year in a row for the cheeseheads as they also watched the Vikings crowned NFC north champs on their field. SKOL

  16. anthony123632 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:22 PM

    should have hired Richard Simmons

  17. gbbvan says: Jan 24, 2016 1:24 PM

    Hey codythao35
    The name is spelled “Lombardi”.
    Go to your trophy case and read off the…
    Oh wait. LOL

  18. mnjoemama says: Jan 24, 2016 1:30 PM

    On the next season of the Biggest Loser

  19. dragonfly99 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:31 PM

    I wouldn’t be too sure he won’t have a rookie at the top of his depth chart.

  20. bondlake says: Jan 24, 2016 1:36 PM

    What needs to happen is for the GB Board of Directors to step up to the plate and function, as opposed to “electing” such people as Mr. Toilet Flush himself, David Kohler. IF they could step up to the plate (which is unlikely), they would do whatever is necessary to replace their Chief Scout (Ted Thompson, a/k/a “Mr. Personality”) with young blood such as Eliot Wolf. Thompson goes shopping at the Goodwill and expects to leave with Nieman Marcus merchandise. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said in a column today that it’s always “No, no, no” with TT. Get rid of him . . . NOW!!!

  21. Randy says: Jan 24, 2016 1:42 PM

    Wow. . . Packer fans just can’t blame Rodgers for anything.

  22. leatherface2012 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:52 PM

    next season, rodgers throws 8 tds and 22 picks…headline reads “all receivers run wrong routes all the time”

  23. cribbage12 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:52 PM

    Can’t blame that spelling on spellcheck you wishful Vikings fan, you. That’s the funniest yet most unsurprising post I’ve seen in a long time. Want to know how to spell the name on the SB trophy? Maybe someday your great great great grandkids can show you.

  24. immafubared says: Jan 24, 2016 2:02 PM

    I already feel sorry for this sob if Lacy shows up again as the Pillsbury Dough boy again, and Starks bolts to a team that wants to play him. This could get interesting.
    “Hey Mike what do you want me to do with him” Duh?

  25. immafubared says: Jan 24, 2016 2:04 PM

    Jan 24, 2016 1:52 PM
    next season, rodgers throws 8 tds and 22 picks…headline reads “all receivers run wrong routes all the time”

    ========================================

    Here’s where your wrong but I like your thinking. They don’t run routes. That takes practice and learning a system. Know under mental midget mike, they run to an area on the field and turn to face the QB. I’m serious.

  26. marttizzle says: Jan 24, 2016 2:04 PM

    However, in the end my Vikings are division champs!

  27. irishgary says: Jan 24, 2016 2:05 PM

    @usdcoyotesfan.
    Did you watch any Packet games this year?????? Rodgers was not very good in a lot of games, he carried nothing or no one. The D played respectfully,especially coming in after so mAny 3 and outs.

    Capers has done ok, for all of you geniuses out there who want him fired. Who will you Get to replace him????

  28. immafubared says: Jan 24, 2016 2:06 PM

    Vikings able to procure former head coaches for coaching positions of need, Packers get novices with no history of success….500 will be a successful season for the next several years…
    ========================================
    Oh you never heard of this jerk either? Ill he came dam cheap and besides Mike the genius runs everything. They just stand around and make it look like they are in charge of something.
    This is the only team in football that does not have a receivers coach.

  29. thejuddstir says: Jan 24, 2016 2:10 PM

    Gash has to be wondering why he gets the blame for Lacy’s eating habits. LOL

  30. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 2:16 PM

    marttizzle says:
    Jan 24, 2016 2:04 PM
    However, in the end my Vikings are division champs!
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    Of course they are. They’ve won the North Division often. And every time they do, they choke. Every time. Anderson. Favre. 41-0. 0-4 Super Bowls. Walsh. There’s more. That’s why no one cares.

    They’ve set an NFL record for post season losses. More than Cleveland. More than Buffalo. More than Oakland. More than any other team. More than anybody. That fact alone is a choke all by itself. That’s another reason nobody cares.

  31. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jan 24, 2016 2:17 PM

    Feast Mode is moving to guard

  32. ariani1985 says: Jan 24, 2016 2:18 PM

    Will they also be filming the biggest loser during practice for a football spinoff?

  33. 440Barracuda says: Jan 24, 2016 2:25 PM

    This from the Milwaukee JS, and if true probably means McCarthy might be the next coach to be fired and replaced… ” According to several sources, McCarthy is fed up with his boss’ unwillingness to take a chance and reinforce the roster with veteran players that might be unknown to the Packers but have the talent to contribute.”

  34. ariani1985 says: Jan 24, 2016 2:27 PM

    Will Mike McCheeseburger ever take heat for this dysfunctional franchise?

  35. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 24, 2016 2:35 PM

    Wow, lots of Vike fans commenting on a story about Packers hiring a couple of assistant coaches. Almost like they know their team has never won a super bowl and probably never will.

  36. runnin4ever says: Jan 24, 2016 2:47 PM

    Ezekiel Elliott from Ohio State would be a nice young back for him to work with

  37. cheeseisfattening says: Jan 24, 2016 2:48 PM

    Search “Eddie Lacy Spent Years On Twitter Talking About Food, And It’s Kind Of Wonderful” to see how big of a job this guy has in front of him.

  38. packersondecline says: Jan 24, 2016 3:05 PM

    Out of touch defensive coordinator setting up a 3 play prevent defense with the game on the line. A QB whose best play is the hail mary to a WR who had 2 catches on the year. A running back who only runs to the dinner table and a TE nobody even knows is playing.

    Keep resting on your laurels GB, the end is just ahead around the corner. In TT we trust…right? Thanks for the division back, I look forward to looking down in the standing for your team for a long time.

  39. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 3:20 PM

    packersondecline says:
    Jan 24, 2016 3:05 PM
    I look forward to looking down in the standing for your team for a long time.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    …….said every Viking fan ever, every year, since 1991.

  40. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 24, 2016 3:22 PM

    Why do Viking fans care? Are they even a rival? I thought the bears were the #1 rival.

  41. canadapackers says: Jan 24, 2016 3:25 PM

    The Packers ran pretty good offensively without a running game when they had 4 and 5 good receivers. So getting Eddie back into shape would be a good addition. We need a fast tight end but even in the Finley era we had Donald Lee and Rodgers appears to be that at least.

    To: usdcoyotesfan says: The next coach McCarthy needs to fire is Dom Capers.

    Kiss off Vikings fan. You Queens always make a run when playing lower level competition and then choke the following year – you managed to choke this year as well.

    Capers is a good reason that the Packers did what they did – despite starting a bunch of rookies on the back end and Matthews having an off year stats-wise and being asked to do a heck of a lot.

  42. deltaoracle says: Jan 24, 2016 3:41 PM

    Some things change:
    This year it was the Packer defense, with a lot of rookie playing time, that carried the team at least as much as the offense did.
    Some things never change:
    Viking fans have the biggest mouths in the world during every off season.

    Hope you’ll all show up again early next January and say “Wow, I was really wrong,” after the Packers resume their place atop the North and the Vikes are back to being also-rans.

  43. gtodriver says: Jan 24, 2016 3:55 PM

    Earth to Canada Packers….

    usdpuppydog is a Packer fan.

  44. gtodriver says: Jan 24, 2016 4:43 PM

    stellarperformance says:

    They’ve set an NFL record for post season losses. More than Cleveland. More than Buffalo. More than Oakland. More than any other team. More than anybody. That fact alone is a choke all by itself. That’s another reason nobody cares.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This tripe again…

    Try this one on for size.

    The Vikings have 24 playoff appearances since the merger.

    Cleveland has 11. Buffalo has 13. Oakland has 18.

    How about your Packers? Only 16 – less then Oakland…

    If you don’t make the playoffs, you can’t lose in the playoffs.

    Simple concept, but too difficult for you, apparently.

    The Vikings had 13 playoff wins at the end of full regulation seasons during a period when the Packers had none. The Packers didn’t even score a single TD in that stretch…

    Ponder that for awhile.

  45. cheeseisfattening says: Jan 24, 2016 4:44 PM

    “China Food” LOL

  46. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 4:49 PM

    Randy says:
    Jan 24, 2016 1:42 PM
    Wow. . . Packer fans just can’t blame Rodgers for anything.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    …..good one. It’s funny because you say that as though the Vikings wouldn’t take Rodgers over Bridgewater in wide-left shank second (which is faster than a New York second!)

  47. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 5:04 PM

    Every time I read the same old usual suspect Viking trolls showing up and commenting how great they are, I do a search for “loser Viking fans wide left kick reaction,” and I am entertained for hours.

    Especially the multitudes-of-clueless at the game……those sitting in nose bleed seats too far from the field to realize Lucy pulled the ball away from Charlie Brown. A bunch of drunks on film already trying to pick fights with Packer fans that aren’t there (that’s surprising!,) being told by a woman off-camera and actually paying attention…..”he missed it!”

    “Huh, wha?” Heads spun in disbelief. Stunned and priceless.

    None of their taunts, putdowns, or insults come close to making themselves feel good…….as those video reminders do us.

  48. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 5:40 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Jan 24, 2016 4:43 PM
    Try this one on for size.
    The Vikings have 24 playoff appearances since the merger.
    Cleveland has 11. Buffalo has 13. Oakland has 18.
    How about your Packers? Only 16 – less then Oakland…
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    OK….I’ll try it on for size, but I don’t think it will fit. I think I read the Packers were in the top ten teams with the most post season victories since the merger, with 18.

    Why don’t you confirm it and get back to us, then we’ll see if it fits….OK?

  49. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 5:49 PM

    I was wrong. The Packers have 20 post season victories since the merger, not 18.

    My bad.

  50. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Jan 24, 2016 6:27 PM

    It really doesn’t make a difference how many playoff wins you have. If you haven’t won the championship you haven’t won a damn thing. People remember championships and that is all. So division wise since just the Superbowl era the Green Bay Packers have won 4, the Bears 1, the Vikings 0 and the Lions 0. Other playoff wins just mean you are a higher placed loser.

  51. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:56 AM

    I was hoping they’d hire Jillian Michaels.

    What an amazing year. Even with the avalanche of problems, the Packers heroically persevered into the divisional round of the playoffs.

  52. revelation123 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:34 PM

    Both of these are actually really good hires.

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