Quarterbacks coach Tom Clements is reportedly a candidate for the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator position. “The Titans just hired offensive line coach Mike Munchak to replace Jeff Fisher, and Munchak is said to want to install the West Coast offense and is very interested in Clements,” reports WBAY-TV in Green Bay. Considering the job Clements has done developing Aaron Rodgers and made Matt Flynn a sought-after quarterback, it makes sense that he’s in line for a promotion.
Apart from Clements, few if any assistant coaches appear to be leaving for new jobs. “The Packers also appear likely to retain their key coaches for another season,” writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “The Arizona Cardinals reportedly wanted to interview Winston Moss, the Packers’ assistant head coach-inside linebackers coach, for their vacancy at defensive coordinator, but Wednesday announced they’d hired Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton for the job. The Oakland Raiders are looking for a defensive coordinator, but so far there are no signs they’re interested in any Packers assistants.” It’s almost hard to believe no other assistants will be leaving after seeing the success the Packers had this season.
Challenges lie ahead for the 2011 version of the Green Bay Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy. “Part of McCarthy’s task heading into next season will be developing the same chemistry he had with this team, which won its final six games despite 12 starters missing a total of 86 games over the course of the season,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. At least the team should be healthier next year. It would be near impossible to suffer as many injuries as they had this season.
The NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis is next on the agenda for the Packers. “McCarthy said he and the staff have taken what he called a ‘prepare for the known’ approach to the offseason,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin. “Since the annual NFL Scouting Combine is being held as scheduled in Indianapolis in two weeks, and the 2011 NFL Draft is set for April 23-25, the staff is focusing on those set-in-stone events. McCarthy said the assistant coaches are off until Feb. 21, then will have some more time off after the scouting combine. They’ll then return to work to do their scheme evaluation work the first two weeks of March, another annual offseason ritual.”
McCarthy said yesterday that delegating leadership was best for the team this past season. Somewhat surprisingly, he wasn’t enamored with the leadership in previous years. “I was never comfortable with the level of leadership on the prior teams that I have coached here, and I thought that would be a great opportunity to try to develop leadership,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. “I am always looking for opportunities to develop leadership, whether it is an assistant coach, whether it is a player. There was a positive response that came from that.” It would be interesting to find out what McCarthy didn’t like about his previous teams. Charles Woodson has been around for several seasons now. Was he not a good leader in years prior?
The injury to wide receiver Jordy Nelson during the Super Bowl is being described as “nothing serious” by Tom Silverstein. “It can expand and cause irritation, or it can rupture,” writes Silverstein. “Treatment usually involves just ice and rest.” It was why Nelson was seen on crutches during the “Return to Titletown” event on Tuesday.
A rundown on the rest of the injury fallout from the Super Bowl is provided by Bill Huber of Packer Report.
McCarthy’s aversion to an 18-game schedule is touched upon by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. “Theoretically, a coach doesn’t have a financial incentive pulling him between 16 and 18 games,” writes Seifert. “His only concern is preserving his assets — players — over the course of the season. The Super Bowl-winning coach has a bit more latitude to speak his mind than others, but I’ll be interested to see if anyone else speaks out on the topic as the offseason progresses.”
An appearance by Clay Matthews and others at a WWE Smackdown event in Green Bay Tuesday night is provided by Kendra Meinert of the Press-Gazette. “At ‘SmackDown,’ a massive video screen flashed to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, where an image of former quarterback Brett Favre’s No. 4 jersey in a display case drew boos,” writes Meinert. “And then … the already iconic shot of Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the team’s win at Super Bowl XLV on Sunday. The crowd erupted, and the cameras went live to show Matthews with a championship belt, along with teammates Tom Crabtree, Bryan Bulaga, Graham Harrell and others.”
Clay Matthews is also scheduled to be on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network says the Packers can be a successful team for many years. “This entire organization, led by a young quarterback, has more talent on the field than any team in the league,” Mayock is quoted as saying. “And they are poised to make consecutive runs. This is a heck of a football team. And that general manager does not get enough credit.”
Former Packer Matt Bowen wonders if the Bears can keep pace with their counterparts in Green Bay. Check it out at the National Football Post.
The Super Bowl was the most “tweeted” about event in history. Although Usher received the most attention.
Game Balls and Lame Calls can be found over at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
A Wisconsin man plans to sue after being one of the displaced fans at the Super Bowl.
Acme Packing Company touts Mike McCarthy’s perseverance.