As expected, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has promoted quarterbacks coach Tom Clements to the position of offensive coordinator, replacing Joe Philbin, now the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Clements has been McCarthy's QB coach for the past six years and has been instrumental in the development of Aaron Rodgers into a Pro Bowl quarterback and the likely NFL Most Valuable Player this season. Before joining the Packer staff, Clements coordinated the Buffalo Bills offense for two seasons in 2004-2005. He has also been an assistant in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and his alma mater, Notre Dame. He led the Irish to the national championship in 1973 and finished 4th in the Heisman Trophy voting the following year. Clements never really got a shot in the NFL but went north of the border and became a star in the Canadian Football League, winning a pair of Grey Cup championships and making the All-Star squad six times. He was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame after a 12 year career. McCarthy could promote another assistant into Clements position, tight ends coach Ben McAdoo is a possibility.
The Oakland Raiders have asked permission from the Pack to interview secondary coach Joe Whitt for the job of defensive coordinator for new Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. Allen was hired by former Packers personel director and Oakland's new GM Reggie McKenzie who has given his coach authority to fill out his staff. Whitt, 33 is an up and coming coach who joined the Packers 4 years ago as a quality control defensive assistant.