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Packers coach Mike McCarthy reclaims play-calling duties from Tom Clements

McCarthy will once again pilot the Packers offense.

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Mike McCarthy has reversed course on the biggest move of the Green Bay Packers' offseason. According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the head coach has reclaimed play-calling duties from Tom Clements in advance of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

For the majority of McCarthy's tenure as Green Bay head coach, he called his own plays on offense. During that time, the team finished near the top of the league in most offensive categories. However, after the debacle in last season's NFC title game, McCarthy handed off the play sheet to his top assistant in order to better manage his other responsibilities on game day. The Packers offense performed well over the course of its first six games, but struggled since. That likely played a role in convincing McCarthy to take back control of the unit.

While the idea of McCarthy taking away the play sheet from Clements has been discussed, a change wasn't expected this season. Yet, with the Packers struggling to maintain control over the NFC North, it appears McCarthy felt the time to step in has arrived.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.