Tom Clements

The Chicago Bears are reportedly interested in interviewing Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements for their vacant head coaching position.

Just two seasons ago, the Bears tried to interview Clements for their open offensive coordinator position, but the Packers denied them permission.

The Packers can’t deny the Bears again because this is a head coaching job, but they can and probably will deny them access to Clements until their season is over, which NFL rules permit.

And who knows. Maybe by that time they’ll have moved on and hired someone else to replace Lovie Smith. The Bears have expressed interest in four other candidates — Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis.

Clements is in his first season as the Packers offensive coordinator after serving six seasons as the quarterbacks coach.

If Clements leaves, the smart money is on receivers coach Edgar Bennett to become the Packers next offensive coordinator.