The Green Bay Packers announced a number of coaching changes on Thursday including:
- Tom Clements associate head coach/offense
- Edgar Bennett offensive coordinator
- Alex Van Pelt quarterbacks/wide receivers coach
- Mike Solari assistant offensive line coach
- Jerry Montgomery defensive front assistant
- Ron Zook special teams coordinator
- Jason Simmons assistant special teams coach.
McCarthy announced that he will, in fact, be giving up play-calling next season, and Clements will handle these duties moving forward.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports that any changes to the Packers’ offensive coaching staff won’t be finalized for “several” more days.
According to Demovsky, a source familiar with HC Mike McCarthy’s planning process, said the coach is still going through his postseason evaluations with his staff members, and contract negotiations with assistants have not even begun yet.
Negotiations are expected to begin later on Monday or Tuesday, but it’s like that decisions won’t be official until several days from now.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirms the previous reports regarding changes to the Packers’ offensive coaching staff.
According to Rapoport, HC Mike McCarthy is frustrated more of the team’s assistants haven’t received interviews regarding other opportunities.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN, citing two sources, reports that Packers HC Mike McCarthy are considering the possibility of making some changes to their offensive staff, as well as the team’s play-calling.
- Demovsky adds that nothing has been nothing finalized as of now.
Earlier in the day, Chris Havel of WDUZ The Fan reported that the Packers planned to promote OC Tom Clements to associate head coach and give him play-calling duties.
On top of that, Havel added that WRs coach Edgar Bennett was being promoted to offensive coordinator.
Demovsky can’t confirm this report, nor can other Packers beat writers, he adds that McCarthy is looking at “several” different options right now.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believes that it would make sense for McCarthy to give up play-calling duties after what happened in the NFC Championship game.
Since taking over as the Packers head coach back in 2006, McCarthy has been the team’s play-caller, so this would actually be a big change for the Packers offense.
Clements is plenty familiar with the team’s approach, and they could always give Aaron Rodgers more control at the line of scrimmage if needed.
We’ll have more regarding the Packers and offensive changes as the news is available.