Clements makes short move to coordinator's offense. Vic Ketchman calls it "the least-surprising news of the NFL postseason." The Green Bay Packers have promoted quarterbacks coach Tom Clements to offensive coordinator. He takes over for Joe Philbin, who left to take the head coaching job with the Dolphins. It wasn't reported that Mike McCarthy even talked to anyone else about the job. I'm sure it didn't hurt that he had Aaron Rodgers in his corner from the beginning.
He's been the Packers quarterbacks coach since McCarthy was hired in 2006. Before that he was the Bills offensive coordinator from 2004 and 2005, under then Bills head coach and current Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey. He had followed Mularkey from the Steelers, where Mularkey had been the offensive coordinator from 2001-2003 and Clements had been the quarterbacks coach.
He would have been an offensive coordinator sooner, possibly with the Bears, if the Packers had given their permission for him to interview. Ben McAdoo is another name that had been mentioned, but he seemed like a long shot. There's no word on who will replace Clements, but I wouldn't be surprised if McAdoo's name is mentioned once again. Keep promoting from within.
Both Philbin and Clements have played a behind the scenes role in recent seasons because McCarthy calls most of the plays (except Rodgers calls the plays in the hurry up). I would expect the situation will remain the same next season.