Stock out in Green Bay
Coaching staff carnage began Friday in Green Bay, but not with the assistant many people were anticipating.
Special teams coordinator Mike Stock, 69, announced his retirement in a press release issued by the team. The job status of defensive coordinator Bob Sanders has been under close scrutiny, but as of late Friday afternoon he remained employed.
Stock's announcement represented either a change of heart or a soft departure after a rocky season for the Packers' special teams. Speaking a week ago, Stock said he wanted to return in 2009 but added: "It all depends about one thing and one thing only -- how long does [coach Mike McCarthy] want me to stay?"
McCarthy might have been looking for a new direction after the Packers not only struggled to find an efficient punter, but also to return kickoffs (tied for last in NFL) and cover kickoffs (No. 20 overall).
There was no immediate word on a possible replacement nor on the status of Shawn Slocum, the Packers' assistant special teams coach.