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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for February 9, 2015

Everyone is breaking down the reported decision by Mike McCarthy to hand off playcalling to Tom Clements.

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Yesterday's report that Tom Clements will become the Green Bay Packers' offensive playcaller in 2015 sent shockwaves through Packers fans the world over. Few, if any, news items could have created such a stir among the fan base in the dead period between the Super Bowl and the start of free agency.

If this report is indeed true, that decision is a sign that head coach Mike McCarthy is not letting his ego decide how he does his job. Of course, there's still some debate about whether he's officially made the change yet, as you'll see shortly.

In addition to the McCarthy news, we have a few looks at Packers' free agents and some other tidbits to round out today's batch of cheese curds. Enjoy!

McCarthy "considering" giving up play-calling duties | ESPN Wisconsin
Though some reports on Sunday say that the decision has already been made, Jason Wilde's source says that it's not quite a done deal yet.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy shows he's not afraid to change - ESPN
This appears to be the biggest takeaway from the reported shift in responsibility, and if it's true that this is a result of some self-analysis, here's hoping it's the right thing for the team.

Super Bowl puts loss to Seattle in perspective |
Packers CEO Mark Murphy suggests that any changes to overtime rules involving both teams being guaranteed an offensive possession would require buy-in by the NFLPA because of the potential for more plays in the games and therefore elevated safety concerns.

Will Green Bay Packers pony up or pass on Randall Cobb? | JSOnline
As always, here's your reminder that slot receivers typically get far less than guys who primarily play outside, and that Victor Cruz's contract was a major outlier.

Backup QBs face uncertain offseason |
One thing that appears poised to remain steady is the coaching at the position, as Alex Van Pelt remains under contract for the 2015 season. But whether Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien, or both return for next season remains a question mark.

Study: Packers Relatively High in Fines, Low in Suspensions | Cheesehead TV
The Packers have the second-fewest number of suspensions in the NFL over the past decade.