GREEN BAY – One day after quarterback Aaron Rodgers was less than enthusiastic about the idea, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy reportedly hired tight ends coach Ben McAdoo to be the team’s new quarterbacks coach.
NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora first reported McAdoo’s hiring on NFL.com Wednesday afternoon. The Packers have not yet announced the move, which many had expected after quarterbacks coach Tom Clements was promoted to offensive coordinator last week. Clements replaces Joe Philbin, who left Jan. 22 to become the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
LaCanfora reported on Tuesday that the Packers had blocked McAdoo from interviewing for offensive coordinator jobs with the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which certainly hinted at the possibility of McAdoo moving over to quarterbacks.
Past Packers tight ends coaches have gone on to successful careers, including Philbin, ex-Packers head coach Mike Sherman and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who moved from tight ends to quarterbacks following the 1996 season, opening a spot on Mike Holmgren’s staff for Sherman.
McCarthy has also shuffled staff responsibilities in the past, having moved running backs coach Edgar Bennett to wide receivers and assistant offensive line coach Jerry Fontenot to running backs last year.
Rodgers said on Tuesday that he would prefer a veteran quarterbacks coach, preferably one with experience playing the position at the NFL level. McAdoo has never played or coached quarterbacks before, although he did work with McCarthy as an offensive quality control assistant with the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.
Speaking on the season finale of his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee and ESPN Madison Tuesday, Rodgers had a lukewarm response when the possibility of McAdoo getting the quarterbacks job was raised.
“I think that’s an interesting conversation I hope I’m in the loop for,” Rodgers said. “Because going into my eighth season, it’ll be interesting to see what direction (McCarthy) wants to go in, if he wants to bring in a former quarterback with experience to kind of help me with my transition into the middle part of my career, being more of an established player in the league now.
“I’m not sure what the dynamic would be with a coach who hasn’t coached the (quarterback) position before. But Ben is a very talented coach and if they do make that decision I’m sure he’ll make a very smooth transition.”
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