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Packers Name Nunn

Robert Nunn was named defensive line coach on January 23, 2006, by Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

Nunn, 40, coached the Packers\’ defensive tackles in 2005, taking essentially the same personnel from 2004, when the club finished 25th overall defensively, and turning them into the anchor of a defensive unit that ranked seventh in 2005. Under Nunn, defensive tackle Grady Jackson started all 16 games for only the second time and responded with career bests in tackles (72) and passes defensed (4). And, promising nondrafted players Cullen Jenkins and Colin Cole also flourished under Nunn\’s stewardship.

A 17-year coaching veteran, Nunn has five seasons of NFL experience. He broke into the league as a defensive assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 2000, then served as Miami\’s assistant defensive line/quality control coach for the 2001-02 campaigns, during which he worked with Pro Bowler Jason Taylor. The coach also worked the 2004 season for the Dolphins as a special assistant, beginning in August with a variety of off-the-field projects, and then assisted with the linebackers after Jim Bates was elevated to interim head coach for the final seven games. In 2003, Nunn headed up the Washington Redskins\’ defensive line and coached Bruce Smith when the defensive end broke Reggie White\’s all-time NFL sacks record.

Nunn\’s college coaching experience was highlighted by nine years at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga. After one season as defensive coordinator, the school promoted him to head coach and athletic director in 1992. In his eight seasons holding that position, Nunn was 66-19 (.776). He had launched his coaching career at Northeastern Oklahoma in 1988, heading up the defensive line. He then tutored defensive ends at the University of Tennessee for two seasons (1989-90). A former linebacker at Oklahoma State, Nunn served as team captain in 1987.