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: 08, 2018 7:41 am     : last season

A familiar face on offense and a fresh voice on defense headline the changes to Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthys revamped staff in the wake of the teams first losing season since 2008.

Joe Philbin Antonio Callaway Color Rush Jersey , a Packers assistant from 2003 until 2012, was hired Wednesday as offensive coordinator, a job he held for his final five seasons before being named the Miami Dolphins head coach in January 2012. On defense, the Packers tabbed Mike Pettine, the ex-Cleveland Browns head coach who built successful defenses with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills but was largely out of football the last two years, serving as a consultant with the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.

McCarthy has also installed run- and pass-game coordinators on each side of the ball. On defense, former cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt was promoted to pass-game coordinator, while new inside linebackers coach Patrick Graham will serve as the run-game coordinator. On offense, longtime offensive line coach James Campen will be the run-game coordinator, while new hire Jim Hostler, who coached wide receivers with Philbin in Indianapolis the past two seasons, will serve as the pass-game coordinator.

Its all part of a staff overhaul that was the biggest of McCarthys tenure as he enters his 13th season as head coach.

Its like Year 1, McCarthy said in introducing the new staff. Not only is the defense building a new playbook , so are we on the offense. Were tightening that approach. And its been great. You have new input, you have new experiences that are in the room. You have a different way of saying the same thing. Its been exciting. The energy is over the top.

The changes come on the heels of a 7-9 season in which two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed 10 games with a broken right collarbone. It marked the end of an eight-year streak of playoff appearances the longest in franchise history and led to defensive coordinator Dom Capers, offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and multiple position coaches being let go.

This is the first time McCarthy has changed both the offense and defensive coordinator in the same year. The seven new staffers are the most since Capers and an almost entirely new defensive staff arrived in 2009.

For Philbin, returning to the Packers was a matter of timing. On Jan. 8, 2012, his 21-year-old son, Michael, drowned in the icy Fox River near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus.

Its very, very emotional for all of us, Philbin said of returning to Green Bay, roughly an hour north of where his sons body was found. But we care and love a lot of people here, and a lot of people care about and love us. So its not easy, but this is whats so special about Green Bay. Ultimately you want to contribute Deadrin Senat Color Rush Jersey , you want to help people you care about and want to be with. At the end of the day, that I feel very good about when I put my head down at night.

In Pettine, the Packers have a coordinator whose defenses have never finished out of the top 10. And after going 10-22 in two seasons in Cleveland, Pettine made it clear he is not taking the job so he can become a head coach again.

When I was the head coach, I didnt enjoy the lack of interaction with the actual football part of it, Pettine said. I always made the comparison, it was going from being the teacher to now youre the principal. . And I didnt like it. I missed the camaraderie of the room, the interaction with the staff, the interaction with the players. The chess-game part of it the designing a game plan tailored to your opponent.

The Packers have not had a top-flight defense since 2010, when they last won the Super Bowl.

Were going to be prepared. Its about paying attention to detail, Pettine said. Theres no magical (formula). People talk about scheme, what kind of playbook thats a very small part of playing great defense. (When) you look at us, youre going to see were going to be multiple and were going to be aggressive.

The Atlanta Hawks draft room was split between Luka Doncic and Trae Young.

The Hawks ultimately chose Young because he brought the Hawks a first-round draft pick.

The Hawks added a new floor leader to their rebuilding effort by acquiring Young in Thursday nights exchange of NBA draft picks with the Dallas Mavericks.

Atlanta drafted Doncic Jeremy Kerley Color Rush Jersey , the guard from Slovenia, with the No. 3 overall pick and then traded rights to Doncic to Dallas for rights to Young, who was the No. 5 selection, and a 2019 first-round pick.

For Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk, it was all about remaining loyal to goals of adding talent and adding assets .

In all honesty, our group was really split between the two, Schlenk said, adding the Hawks regarded the guards as the best two playmakers in the draft.

Luka is a heck of a player. We were happy with him. Trae is a heck of a player. Obviously were excited to have him. When the opportunity came to pick up a first-round pick from the Mavericks, it just kind of made sense to accomplish both goals with one move.

The Hawks will have three first-round picks in 2019, just as in this years draft.

Young is best known for his 3-point shooting. The Hawks selected Marylands Kevin Huerter, a shooting guard, at No. 19 overall. Atlantas third first-round pick was power forward Omari Spellman of Villanova, at No. 30 overall.

Atlanta traded its second-round pick , Kansas point guard Devonte Graham, to Charlotte for second-round selections in 2019 and 2023.

Schlenk focused on outside shooters in the draft.

Young led the nation with his averages of 27.4 points and 8.7 assists for Oklahoma. He is the first player to lead the nation in scoring and assists in the same season.

Huerter made 42 percent of his 3-point shots as a sophomore last season at Maryland while averaging 14.8 points per game.

Spellman (6-9, 255) was considered one of the best shooters among big men in the draft. He made 43 percent of his 3s last season while averaging 10.9 points as a freshman starter on Villanovas national championship team.

Young worked out for the Hawks on June 12. He said the trade to Atlanta wasnt a surprise.

I got a feeling past few days that would happen, that was a possibility, but you never really know until your name is called, Young said in a telephone interview.

The 6-foot-2 Young scored at least 40 points in four games and tied a Division I record by recording 22 assists in a game.

Youngs deep 3-pointers earned him comparisons with Golden States Stephen Curry, but Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said he was won over by Youngs floor leadership.

We love his ability to pass the ball, to make other players better with his court vision, said Schlenk, a former assistant GM with the Warriors. Obviously he gets a lot of notoriety for his long-range shooting, but I think his ability to pass the ball is what we really liked about him.

Schlenks review impressed Young.

It means a lot because a lot of people in my opinion are so focused on my ability to shoot, which is a really big thing, especially in the NBA Youth Lamar Jackson Jersey , but my ability to pass I feel is really underrated, Young said.

Hawks veteran point guard Dennis Schroders future in Atlanta is uncertain. Schlenk said Schroder and Young could play together.

This is not the first time the Hawks have quickly traded the No. 3 overall pick. In 2001, the Hawks made Pau Gasol the No. 3 overall pick and then traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Doncic was Atlantas highest draft pick since 2007, when center Al Horford was the No. 3 pick. The trade for Young gives first-year coach Lloyd Pierce a new scoring weapon.

Obviously his ability to shoot the ball in todays NBA, the 3-point shot, is very important, Schlenk said. What really separates him with his shooting is his ability to shoot off the dribble. You dont see that in a lot of guys and he possesses that.

The Hawks finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, when they began to rely heavily on young players. Forward-center John Collins showed promise as a rookie, and forward Taurean Prince is another young piece of the rebuilding effort. Veterans Kent Bazemore and Dwayne Dedmon are under contract for next season.

AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to this report

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