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Packers hope to Gash foes on the ground

by Mark Daniels

He knows the position he played for over a decade in the NFL might be on the endangered species list but Green Bay Packers new running backs coach Sam Gash doesn't care.  A bruising lead blocker for the Patriots, Bills and Ravens during his playing days, Gash believes pro teams can still find plenty of uses for a powerful back that doesn't carry the ball all that much, can lead the runners into the hole and protect the quarterback in the passing game. It worked for Sam.  He was a two time Pro Bowl fullback after the 1998 and 1999 seasons in Buffalo.  Following his playing days, Gash stepped away from the game for a couple of years and returned to be the assistant running backs and special teams coach with the New York Jets, working with a true superstar in Curtis Martin.  He moved to the Detroit Lions to work with special teams in 2007 and between 2008 and 2012, he was in charge of the running backs for three head coaches.   

He arrived in Green Bay and met with the media earlier this week.   Gash is excited about his new opportunity after taking a year away from the game.  He should be.  He's going to tutor the NFL's AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in Eddie Lacy and have a stable of young backs like James Starks, Jonathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris at his disposal, not to mention a pretty popular fullback in John Kuhn.   Keep in mind both Starks and Kuhn are free agents but Gash would like 'em both back.  

Here's some of Gash's thoughts on joining the Packers and taking on a young back that has a pretty bright future.

Audio: Running Backs coach Sam Gash.