The Packers have decided to keep it in-house when it comes to filling their offensive coordinator vacancy. They have promoted quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The vacancy was created when Joe Philbin left to become the Dolphins' head coach.
"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."
Clements spent two years as an offensive coordinator in Buffalo, and in 2004, he led the Bills' offense to a 152-point increase over the previous season. In ’05, he helped QB Kelly Holcomb set a franchise record with a 67.4 completion percentage.
Clements, a CFL Hall of Famer, has excelled coaching quarterbacks during his time in Green Bay. He helped Brett Farve to a 4,000-yard season in 2007 and then helped Rodgers accomplish the same feat in 2008. Under Clements' guidance, Rodgers set an NFL record with 17,037 passing yards in his first four years as a starter. QB Matt Flynn also flourished under Clements' watch, throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in his lone start in the season finale against Detroit. The Packers finished 2011 with 51 touchdowns through the air, tying an NFL record. With Clements at his side, Rodgers set an NFL record with his 122.5 passer rating last season.
"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."