Per Adam Schefter:
Buccaneers received permission to interview Packers QB coach Tom Clements for their head coaching vacancy later this week.
Clements joins assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach Winston Moss and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as potential head coaching hires elsewhere in the league. The Oakland Raiders are widely thought to want to interview Moss for their head coaching vacancy and Philbin has interviewed with both the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, though the Chiefs have since filled the position by
Clements has been sought after before by an NFL team, when the Bears sought to interview him for the offensive coordinator position that eventually went to the recently departed Mike Martz. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy denied the Bears’ request, presumably not wanting to strengthen a division rival.
The Bucs would be getting an excellent offensive-minded coach, one who is widely credited with the development of Aaron Rodgers. With their own young but inconsistent quarterback in Josh Freeman, Clements’ experience in tutoring not only Rodgers but soon-to-be sought after free agent Matt Flynn, would be very attractive to the Buccaneers.
If he were to land the job, Clements would follow a similar path to Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who was also went from coaching quarterbacks for the Packers to NFL head coach.
Ex-Packers head coach Mike Sherman has also interviewed for Tampa’s head coaching position.
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