GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers coach Mike McCarthy completed his coaching staff last Friday, when he announced the hiring of four new coaches and gave different responsibilities to five others previously on his staff.
It brought the total number of assistant coaches working under McCarthy to 21 -- one more than the Packers had last season.
Only three NFL head coaches currently have more assistants than McCarthy does.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll each have 23 assistant coaches -- tops in the NFL. It's interesting that the two biggest staffs both were assembled by recent former college coaches.
The NFL average for assistant coaches is 19.1 per team. The AFC average is 18.9, while the NFC average is 19.3.
The numbers were based on coaching staff directories listed on each team's website.
While there could be a few additions to coaching staffs over the next few weeks, most of the coaching changes have been made, which makes it interesting to note that Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin currently has the smallest staff with just 14 assistants. The Steelers list only one strength and conditioning coach, while many teams have two or three, and only list one special teams coach while many teams have two or three. Other teams will small staffs include the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, each with 16 assistants.
Our weekly mailbag included questions about whether or not the Packers might change to a 4-3 defense, the future of former safety Nick Collins, if yoga could help reduce injuries and more.
Remember the Morgan Burnett-Tony Gonzalez story from last week? Well, Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush cleared things up for us, admitting he was the one who was jawing with Gonzalez in the Dec. 8 game at Lambeau Field.
Best of the rest:
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Mike Vandermause suggested that Seahawks general manager John Schneider, a former Packers scout, might be the best choice to replace Ted Thompson whenever he decides to retire from his GM job.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein wrote that the Thompson's draft-and-develop philosophy has put the Packers in good salary-cap shape.