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Mike Moustakas said he loved playing in Milwaukee last year and is happy to be back. "It was a lot of fun. We fell a little bit short, obviously, but I feel like this team can get back to where we were at last year and make a push for the World Series."

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Dick Butkus' nephew, Luke, says his uncle was excited for him and his new job in the NFL — even is it meant one of the most famous names in Chicago Bears history now will be tied to the Packers. Hear from Green Bay's new assistant O-line coach:

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New Packers special teams coach Shawn Mennenga said Matt LaFleur is committed to special teams. "Obviously he gave us the resources to hire a third (ST coach)," Mennegan said referring to assistants Maurice Drayton and Rayna Stewart. "Having more eyes on special teams will be important. He's obviously given us the resources to make it important."

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Mike Pettine didn't say the Packers moved on from long-time DB coach/defensive pass game coordinator but said it was " a difficult decision." He said there were no issues or disagreements. "I have a ton of respect for Joe Whitt, and I think he's going to be a coordinator in this league sooner than later." Whitt landed as the Browns defensive pass game coordinator.

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Mike Pettine said when Matt LaFleur was hired as the Packers coach "it was an easy decision" to come back as defensive coordinator. "I talked to him before he got hired, and I got the sense there was a lot of common ground," said Pettine, who had LaFleur's brother Mike on his staff with the Browns. He said wants the defense to take "a big jump" in Year 2.

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New Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on working with Aaron Rodgers: "You don't want to necessarily treat it as a start over," Hackett said. "The whole thing is about working together and bonding together." He also said there will be some crossover in concepts in their offense but the "emphasis of some of the things we want to do are going to be different."

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Matt LaFleur said former lead strength and conditioning coach Mark Lovat was the one who suggested that he promote Chris Gizzi to that position and let Lovat take on an assistant role. "That speaks to the kind of person that Mark Lovat is, he's a selfless individual," LaFleur said. "He suggested that."

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Matt LaFleur said he didn't necessarily seek out a QB coach who knew Aaron Rodgers but liked that Luke Getsy (the former Packers WR coach) played quarterback in college. "I reached out not only to Aaron but a couple of other guys just to find out what they thought of him as a man and a coach, and everybody gave him a thumb up," LaFleur said . He added that he planned to be in every quarterback meeting because "the relationship between the play caller and the quarterback is absolutely critical."

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Matt LaFleur will meet with the media at 11:30 a.m. CT to discuss his first coaching staff. Here's how his 24-member staff breaks down: Offense: Nathaniel Hackett (coordinator), Adam Stenavich (offensive line), Luke Butkus (OL assistant), Luke Getsy (quarterbacks), Alvis Whitted (receivers), Ben Sirmans* (running backs), Jason Outten (tight ends), Kevin Koger (quality control), Jason Vrable (offensive assistant). Defense: Mike Pettine* (coordinator), Jerry Montgomery* (defensive line), Kirk Olivadotti (inside linebackers), Mike Smith (outside linebackers), Jason Simmons* (defensive backs), Ryan Downard (assistant DBs), Wendel Davis (quality control), Christian Parker (quality control). Special teams: Shawn Mennenga (coordinator), Maurice Drayton (assistant), Rayna Stewart (quality control). Strength & conditioning: Chris Gizzi (coordinator)*, Mark Lovat (assistant)*, Thadeus Jackson (assistant)*, Grant Thorne (assistant)* *Retained from previous staff

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The Packers are sticking with their strength and conditioning staff but restructuring it: Chris Gizzi is now the head man while Mark Lovat, Thadeus Jackson and Grant Thorne are the assistants. Previously, Lovat headed the program from 2010 on. Gizzi, the former Packers linebacker, had worked under Lovat since 2013.