In the least-surprising news of the NFL postseason, the Packers officially promoted Clements on Thursday to the position of offensive coordinator following six years as the team’s quarterbacks coach. The promotion was expected.
“I’m happy that it’s happened and I’m happy for Joe that he’s a head coach, and I’m glad I was able to step into his place,” Clements told packers.com on Thursday. “I’ve been a coordinator before, only for a few years. I’ve always wanted to get back to doing that and thankful that it’s here in Green Bay. I think it’s a great opportunity. We have a young team. We’ve had success over the past couple of years. We still have a lot of room to grow and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said: “Tom has been an integral part of our success and our staff, making it an obvious decision to promote him to offensive coordinator. He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to continued offensive success in 2012.”
No word yet who will take Clements’ position as quarterbacks coach. Two possible candidates from outside the organization would be two men McCarthy worked with during his time in Kansas City – Paul Hackett and Rich Gannon.
Gannon has been a regular guests of McCarthy’s during training camp where the Packers coach has had the former NFL MVP come in and spend time on the sidelines during training camp. Hackett was offensive coordinator in Kansas City when McCarthy started in the NFL, first as an offensive quality control coach and then as quarterbacks coach to Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono and Gannon. McCarthy has credited Hackett, who last job was coaching quarterbacks for the Oakland Raiders in 2010, as being the coach most responsible for forming his offensive philosophy.