It’s official, but not officially surprising for anyone who knows the Green Bay Packers.
Well known for promoting from within, the Packers announced today that Tom Clements, the former Packers quarterbacks coach, will now take the reins of offensive coordinator under head coach Mike McCarthy and taking over for Joe Philbin who was recently hired as the Miami Dolphins’ head coach.
The Packers made the official announcement late this afternoon.
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Clements would get the job if he wasn’t hired away from the Packers organization by another team.
The team’s official press release can be found after the jump.
CLEMENTS NAMED OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
The Green Bay Packers named Tom Clements their new offensive coordinator Thursday. Head Coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement.
Clements possesses 19 seasons of coaching experience, including 15 in the National Football League. He served as Green Bay’s quarterbacks coach each of the past six seasons (2006-11) and was a part of one of the league’s top-10 offenses each year. Prior to coming to Green Bay, Clements served as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator for two seasons (2004-05).
“Tom has been an integral part of our success and our staff, making it an obvious decision to promote him to offensive coordinator,” McCarthy said. “He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to continued offensive success in 2012.”
Clements has been instrumental in the development of two-time Pro Bowler Aaron Rodgers, who set an NFL record for the most passing yards by a quarterback in his first four seasons as a starter with 17,037 from 2008-11. In 2011, Rodgers set the NFL single-season record for passer rating (122.5) and set team marks for touchdown passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3), yards per attempt (9.25), touchdown/interception ratio (7.5) and 300-yard games (eight).
Clements has also tutored backup QB Matt Flynn, who set single-game franchise marks for passing yards (480) and TD passes (six) in the 2011 regular-season finale vs. Detroit, just his second career start. In 2011, the Packers set the team record for net passing yards (4,924) and tied an NFL record for the most TD passes in a season (51).
Under Clements’ guidance, Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a starter (2008-09). In 2007, Clements helped QB Brett Favre post one of the finest seasons of his career as he threw for 4,155 yards and 28 TDs with just 15 INTs for a 95.7 passer rating. With Favre eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark that season and Rodgers doing so in 2008, it marked the first time in league history that a team had different quarterbacks each register 4,000 yards passing in consecutive seasons.
“I’m happy that it’s happened and I’m happy for Joe (Philbin) that he’s a head coach, and I’m glad I was able to step into his place,” Clements said. “I’ve been a coordinator before, only for a few years. I’ve always wanted to get back to doing that and I’m thankful that it’s here in Green Bay.
“I think it’s a great opportunity. We have a young team. We’ve had success over the past couple of years. We still have a lot of room to grow and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
In Clements’ first season as the offensive coordinator in Buffalo, the Bills increased their scoring output by 152 points and reduced their number of sacks allowed from 51 to 38, the fewest by the club since 1999. In 2005, QB Kelly Holcomb set a club record with a 67.4 completion percentage, surpassing Jim Kelly’s mark of 64.1 in 1991.
Prior to joining Buffalo, Clements served as the quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03), Kansas City Chiefs (2000) and New Orleans Saints (1997-99). Before entering the NFL coaching ranks, he spent four seasons (1992-95) on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Notre Dame.
Inducted into the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame in 1994, Clements played 12 seasons in the CFL at quarterback (1975-79, 1981-87) and was a seven-time divisional all-star and two-time Grey Cup champion. He was selected as the league’s Rookie of the Year in 1975 and the Most Valuable Player in 1987. Clements also played one season (1980) for the Chiefs.
Clements led Notre Dame to a 29-5 record in his three seasons as a starter (1972-74), including an unblemished national championship season in 1973. He was an All-American in 1974 and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season.