Tom Clements Isn’t Salty About Losing Play-Calling Duties…
Or wait a second. Maybe he is.
Nothing has been heard from assistant head coach Tom Clements since he was stripped of play-calling duties. Until Thursday, that is.
The Green Bay Packers made Clements available to the media and that interaction appeared to be short and not-so-sweet.
The Packers did make Tom Clements available after all today. He didn't have much to say about losing… https://t.co/woa53P2MsO
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 17, 2015
What that tweet was supposed to say before that useless link made its way in there is what Clements had to say.
“I’m back as an assistant coach,” Clements said. “I think you know how it works.”
In reality, Clements was always an assistant coach. It’s right there in his title.
What we imagine he’s getting at is the offensive assistants all take a backseat to Mike McCarthy when McCarthy is calling the plays. That includes the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, which was a role created specifically for Clements when he was given play-calling duties.
As McCarthy explained last week, Clements and offensive coordinator (a title that’s pretty much just a couple words at this point) Edgar Bennett remain involved in game planning. Thing is, Bennett was involved in “game planning” before, when Clements was calling the plays.
Two defined roles that are now totally redundant.
So, if Clements is salty, he has good reason to be. Not because he did his job as a play caller well (he didn’t), but because he’s had responsibilities taken from him and now basically has the same job as another guy on the staff. It’s pretty obvious the Packers don’t need two guys doing the same job when they move into next season.