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Staff loses another

by Mark Daniels

Mike McCarthy now has three vacancies on his Packers coaching staff.   The Green Bay Press Gazette cites sources as saying Special Teams assistant coach Chad Morton will not be brought back for the 2014 season.  Morton joined the team in 2009 as a coaching administrator and was promoted to Special Teams coach Shaun Slocum's assistant the following year.   This past season, the special teams took a dip in production, particularly in the kickoff return and coverage units.  According to the Dallas Morning News annual ranking of special teams covering 23 categories, the Packers slipped from 12th in 2012, to 20th last year.    Ranking among the league's worst units in 2009 and 2010, the special teams climbed to the top third of the NFL before digressing.   Morton played seven years in the league as a return man.  His departure follows the loss of quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo who was hired by Tom Coughlin to be the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants and outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene who surprised the organization last month by resigning.  Greene said at the time he wanted to spend more time with his family.   This marks the highest staff turnover since McCarthy overhauled his defensive coaching team following the 2008 season.