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Signs point to Ron Zook as new Packers special teams coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It looks like Ron Zook will be the Green Bay Packers' new special teams coach.

Although there was no official announcement from the team, Packers linebacker Sam Barrington broke the news via Twitter on Thursday.

The move comes less than a week after coach Mike McCarthy fired special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum following a disastrous special teams season that culminated with two key mistakes in the NFC Championship Game loss, when they allowed the Seattle Seahawks to execute a fake field goal for a touchdown and then botched an onside kick recovery in the final minutes.

Slocum had run the Packers special teams since 2009, but Zook, a former college head coach at Florida and Illinois, joined the Packers last season as Slocum's assistant. The 60-year-old Zook previously was the special teams coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1996-98.

Slocum took over the job under similar circumstances. He was the assistant special teams coach for three years and was promoted after Mike Stock was forced out.