Tom Clements May Be Packers One and Only Coaching Change
In the past, these things have sometimes taken time to play out. However, as of right now, it appears the only change to the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff will be associate head coach Tom Clements.
Clements will not be returning for the 2017 season. His contract expired and the Packers have decided not to renew it.
Of course, they put it a little differently.
McCarthy said associate head coach/offense Tom Clements is going to move on "to some other interests. His contract has expired." #Packers
— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) January 26, 2017
We’ve spoke about how Clements and his position were a redundancy in the past.
McCarthy promoted Clements from offensive coordinator to associate head coach/offense after the 2014 season ended. He also bestowed play-calling duties on Clements. In turn, the Packers promoted Edgar Bennett to offensive coordinator.
The Clements move didn’t work out, as the Packers offense struggled through most of 2015. McCarthy ended up taking play-calling duties back late that year (in fairness to Clements, the offense didn’t improve).
Despite that, the Packers went into 2016 with the same offensive coaching structure. McCarthy called the plays, so he is in essence the offensive coordinator. Bennett still held that job title and Clements kept his, so the Packers essentially had two guys implementing the game plan that McCarthy devised each week.
And there’s your redundancy.
It was actually swell of the Packers to let Clements remain on staff until his contract ended.
If you’re wondering if McCarthy might actually fire someone, that possibility still remains (although we doubt it will happen). All of the Packers’ coaches are evaluated over a period of a week or so. It took McCarthy a good two weeks to fire special teams coach Shawn Slocum back in 2015.