Could Packers’ coaching hire give clue about Aaron Rodgers’ future?
While we all await Aaron Rodgers’ decision on his future, the actions of the Green Bay Packers could tell us a lot about what the MVP plans to do.
According to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network, the Packers are hiring Tom Clements to be their new quarterbacks coach.
You may remember Clements from his previous time in Green Bay. He was part of Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff as quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator, and then assistant head coach.
As Wilson notes, hiring Clements is “expected to be welcomed highly by quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he contemplates his future”.
Does this mean Rodgers has told the team he plans to stay and has advocated for Clements? Is this a move the Packers have made to help convince Rodgers to return?
Bringing back Rodgers’ former quarterbacks coach feels like too much of a coincidence for there not to be more behind it. Zach Kruse of Packers Wire made a great point on Twitter and it’s hard to disagree.
It sure feels that way.
Maybe Clements is just who Matt LaFleur believes is the best person for the job. But considering his history of working alongside Rodgers, this does feel like there could be more to it.
It’s certainly an interesting development. In the coming weeks, we’ll know for sure. Either Rodgers will make an announcement on his future, or the Packers’ actions will tell us all we need to know. If they begin to restructure every deal possible, it could be an indication Rodgers is returning. If they begin to release key players to create cap space, it could mean the opposite.
Hiring Clements, too, could potentially be a sign. Maybe the Packers are trying to convince Rodgers to return. Or maybe, just maybe, they already know he is coming back and they are hiring the QB coach he wants.
Soon enough, we’ll have our answers.