Trgovac likely to join Packers

January, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Nothing is official yet, but the Green Bay Press-Gazette is reporting that former Carolina defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac will join the Packers as the new defensive line coach. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has its report here.

This represents a bizarre twist for Trgovac but a strong hire for the Packers. Earlier this week, Trgovac turned down a contract offer to continue as the Panthers' defensive coordinator. According to my colleague Pat Yasinskas of NFC South fame, Trgovac and other Panthers coaches were not happy with how long it took to receive their renewal paperwork and started shopping for other opportunities.

Were the Panthers passively trying to overhaul their defensive staff? Not so, Yasinskas reported. They were simply too slow on the ball.

Regardless, Trgovac gives the Packers a proven coach to help their transition to a 3-4 defense. He was also their defensive line coach in 1999, on a staff that included current Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, before moving to Washington and then Carolina.

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