Of­fen­sive line coach Cam­pen leaves Pack­ers to join Browns

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports - Ryan Wood

Af­ter 15 sea­sons as an as­sis­tant coach and five as a player for the Green Bay Pack­ers, James Cam­pen has joined an­other team.

Cam­pen will be­come as­so­ciate head coach / of­fen­sive line coach for the Cleve­land Browns, a source con­firmed to Pack­er­sNews.com on Sun­day night.

ESPN was first to re­port Cam­pen's move to Cleve­land.

In his new role, Cam­pen will work di­rectly un­der new Browns coach Fred­die Kitchens. He was orig­i­nally hired as an as­sis­tant of­fen­sive line coach / qual­ity con­trol coach un­der Mike Sher­man in 2004. When Mike McCarthy was hired in 2006, Cam­pen was pro­moted to of­fen­sive line coach. He held that role un­til last year, when he con­tin­ued coach­ing the of­fen­sive line but was also pro­moted to rungame co­or­di­na­tor for the of­fense.

The move sig­nals new Pack­ers coach Matt LaFleur wanted to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion at of­fen­sive line. Cam­pen was un­der con­tract with the Pack­ers, so they had to grant him per­mis­sion to leave for Cleve­land. His de­par­ture cre­ates a big open­ing on LaFleur's staff, but it's likely he wanted to hire some­one he was fa­mil­iar with for the job.

Cam­pen started his play­ing ca­reer with the New Or­leans Saints in 1987, and joined the Pack­ers in 1989. He was Brett Favre's first cen­ter, start­ing 13 games in 1992.

Thomas adds an­other first: Sarah Thomas be­came the first woman to work an NFL play­off game as an on­field of­fi­cial.

Thomas was the down judge in the di­vi­sional round game be­tween New Eng­land and the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers. That’s a first, ac­cord­ing to the league’s Twit­ter ac­count.

Thomas was hired in 2015 and was al­ready the league’s first fe­male full­time of­fi­cial.

Terri Valenti was the re­play of­fi­cial in Satur­day’s play­off game be­tween the Chiefs and Colts, also a first.

For­mer Dol­phins star dies: For­mer Mi­ami Dol­phins guard Bob Kuechen­berg, a six-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion and mem­ber of the only NFL team to achieve a per­fect sea­son, died at age 71.

His death Satur­day was con­firmed by the Dol­phins, who had no fur­ther de­tails.

Kuechen­berg joined the Dol­phins as a free agent in 1970, coach Don Shula’s first sea­son, and played for them un­til 1983. He started ev­ery game for the team that went 17-0 in 1972, and started 16 games for the team that re­peated as Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons in 1973.

Kuechen­berg was a fi­nal­ist for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame and a mem­ber of the Dol­phins’ Honor Roll.

“I was sorry to learn of the pass­ing of Bob Kuechen­berg, who was not only one of the best play­ers I ever coached but one of the tough­est as well,” Shula said in a state­ment. “He was one of the key per­form­ers on our cham­pi­onship teams.”

Shula said Kuechen­berg played with a bro­ken arm in the 1974 Su­per Bowl and still dom­i­nated Hall of Fame de­fen­sive tackle Alan Page as Mi­ami beat Min­nesota, 24-7. That game was 45 years ago Sun­day.

Rams were de­ter­mined: Mar­cus Peters was in Amari Cooper’s face from the Cow­boys’ open­ing drive un­til the postgame hand­shakes, where the Los An­ge­les Rams cor­ner­back gave one last shove to the Dal­las re­ceiver.

Peters didn’t win all of his matchups with Cooper. In fact, his un­nec­es­sary rough­ness penalty from his first scrap with Cooper led di­rectly to Dal­las’ first touch­down in the clubs’ di­vi­sional play­off game Satur­day night.

But for bet­ter or worse, Peters also ex­em­pli­fied his team’s de­ter­mi­na­tion not to be pushed around by any­one – and some­times, they’ll even start the fights.

With their 30-22 vic­tory over the Cow­boys, the Rams (14-3) are headed to the NFC cham­pi­onship game with an in­cen­di­ary at­ti­tude and re­newed proof of their tough­ness on both sides of the ball.

“Our sense of fo­cus and the sense of ur­gency have gone up tremen­dously,” guard Rodger Saf­fold said.

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