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Packers' Mike McCarthy still in evaluation process with assistants

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Whatever changes Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has planned for his coaching staff, including whether or not he hands over play-calling duties to one of his assistants, won't be finalized for several more days, according to a team source.

The source, who is familiar with McCarthy's planning process, said the Packers coach is still going through his regular postseason evaluations with his staff members and that contract negotiations with assistants whose job titles and/or responsibilities may change have not even begun yet.

Those negotiations are expected to begin later on Monday or on Tuesday and are expected to take several days to complete.

On Sunday, multiple sources confirmed that McCarthy is considering changes to his offensive coaching staff that also may include him handing over play-calling duties, possibly to current offensive coordinator Tom Clements. The changes also could include a promotion for other assistants, including current receivers coach Edgar Bennett.

The only true opening McCarthy has on his offensive staff is for an assistant offensive line coach after Steve Marshall left to take a job with the New York Jets, but if job responsibilities change for other staff members then new contracts will be negotiated.

The assistant offensive line position may be filled by former San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari. According to Fox Sports, he will join the Packers in an unspecified role.

McCarthy also has to hire a special-teams coordinator after he fired Shawn Slocum last month. Special-teams assistant coach Ron Zook is believed to be the leading candidate to become the new coordinator.

McCarthy hopes to have the final structure in place before the NFL scouting combine, which begins next week in Indianapolis. It's possible that structure could be finalized by the end of this week.