GREEN BAY – Tom Clements might have gotten a new job, but the Green Bay Packers first-year offensive coordinator still spends his game days in the same ol’ location: On the sideline.
While Joe Philbin was the Packers’ offensive coordinator under head coach Mike McCarthy from 2007 through 2011, Philbin spent games up in his perch in the coaches’ box, high above the action. Clements, the team’s quarterbacks coach since 2006, has always been on the sideline, where he could have face-to-face contact with his starting quarterbacks Brett Favre (2006 and 2007) and Aaron Rodgers (2008 through 2011).
With Clements’ promotion to offensive coordinator after Philbin left to become the Miami Dolphins head coach – and star of HBO’s Hard Knocks – McCarthy, Clements and new quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo had to decide what would work best for everyone in terms of game-day positioning. Their decision: Clements is staying on the sideline this year, while McAdoo is working from the press box level.
Clements said the decision had a lot to do with communication with the quarterbacks and continuity, but also with the way he and McCarthy observe the offense (and the opposing defense) from the sideline.
“We’re going to try to make the operation work much like it did before. I was on the field,” Clements said. “Mike watches the game even with the offense, I usually watch from the secondary, we communicate with people in the box, I give my input to Mike and then I meet with the QBs. It’s more an effort to keep it the way it was.”
Clements said the coaches did not consult Rodgers before making the decision.
“We didn’t really discuss it,” Clements said. “We talked about it in the offseason as coaches and decided that would be the right way to go.”
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