- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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This week, some of the new coaches and some of the returning ones with new responsibilities met with reporters.
Next up is assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley.
The 33-year-old McCurley isn't new to the Packers; he has been with them since 2006, when McCarthy took over. But he is in a new, higher-profile role.
The former linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a walk-on turned four-year letterman, began his NFL coaching career in Green Bay as an administrative intern before being promoted to a coaching administrator in 2007 and to a defensive quality control coach in 2009.
In those roles, he worked closely with defensive coordinator Dom Capers on the weekly scouting reports and game plans. Capers, an old-school coach, prefers to make hand-written notes, and one of McCurley's jobs was to input everything into a computer.
McCurley will leave that job to someone else now that he will be assisting Winston Moss with the linebackers. It's part of the revamped way linebackers will be coached following the departure of Kevin Greene, who previously coached outside linebackers.
Here's what McCurley had to say on:
His role as Capers' computer specialist: "It's huge because you really get to see Dom's thoughts and how he's putting everything together. From the front to back, and it all works together. I really think that's something you need to take advantage of, being in that role, you get a chance to learn it all. Now, I've sat with different positions in different meetings, but really to be able to sit and be able to, first-hand, take Dom's work and put it together, it's been huge in my development."
His new role: "You know, Winston, he's really going to be the leader of the group. I think the players have a huge amount of respect for Winston's leadership and what he brings to the table there, and from there, you know, I'm there to assist him, whether it be inside guys or outside guys. I feel comfortable with either one of those positions, I think I can teach either one of those positions, I can coach them on the field, and really there just to assist Winston in wherever he wants to break off. If he wants to, if he needs to do something, I can take the other area. It's still in development, how we're going to work all that out, where I'm going to go, where he's going to go, but he's the leader of the group and I'll be there to do whatever he needs me to get done."
Becoming a position assistant: "It's huge for me. For the past five years, I've done my job and done it as well as I can. But the ultimate goal is to earn the respect to move up and be a part of a position group. So that's really what the next goal was, and it's great that the coach is giving me the opportunity."
Getting a pay raise: "My wife's not going to argue with that, that's for sure."
His career aspirations: "Oh yeah, I'll go as far as I can. I'll keep doing this job as well as I can and help out Winston and from there, wherever it goes, I'll take it as far as I can."
Breaking into NFL coaching with the Packers:: It's been phenomenal. Just the organization itself, I came from Pitt, and we shared facilities with the Steelers, and I was a lifelong Steeler fan, there's nothing to hide there. But I had a lot of respect for that organization, and then you come here and it's such a good organization with good people, and you hear the stories about coaches moving around and they come from different places and they say, well it's not the same there. You get everything you need here, all the resources, and it's been a great place."