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Packers bring back Scott McCurley and add Maurice Drayton to coaching staff, reassign Jason Simmons, per report

In a surprise move, inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley returns to the Packers, perhaps in a new role.

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The Green Bay Packers continue to tinker with their coaching staff in the wake of a disappointing 2017 season. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the team will bring back Scott McCurley after letting him go in the wake of the season finale, add former Indianapolis Colts assistant Maurice Drayton to coach special teams under Ron Zook, and reassigned Jason Simmons to a defensive role.

McCurley coached inside linebackers in 2017 under defensive coordinator Dom Capers, helping second-year man Blake Martinez develop into an impact player. Still, the Packers decided to part with him anyway along with Capers and D-line coach Mike Trgovac. Though McCurley will return, he might have a different role under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

The Packers have also added Maurice Drayton to the special-teams staff. Drayton worked with current Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin in Indianapolis the past two seasons, likely paving the way for his new position. Drayton takes the job vacated by Simmons, who the Packers moved to a new role on Pettine’s new staff.

Even with these developments, the Packers could still see their coaching staff undergo further change. Safeties coach Darren Perry’s future remains in the balance after the team passed him over in their defensive coordinator search. Green Bay might also have to hire a cornerbacks coach depending on how it plans to utilize Joe Whitt Jr. moving forward.