Green Bay is bringing back a familiar face with strong ties to Aaron Rodgers to be its new quarterbacks coach.
The Packers announced late Friday morning they were hiring Tom Clements as the replacement for Luke Getsy.
Clements spent 11 seasons in Green Bay as the quarterbacks coach (2006-11), offensive coordinator (2012-14) and associated head coach (2015-16). He went on to be the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for two seasons with Arizona in 2019 and 2020 before retiring.
Rodgers developed under Clements’ tutelage and gave a lot of credit for his transformation into the top quarterback in the NFL to the now 68-year-old coach.
The move comes as Rodgers is in the process of deciding whether to return to Green Bay, ask for a trade to another team or retire.
OLB coach leaving
As coach Matt LaFleur closed one vacancy on his coaching staff, he’s now got another to fill.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, outside linebackers coach Mike Smith is leaving the team.
One more coaching staff note: OLB coach Mike Smith is leaving the Packers to pursue other opportunities, a source said.
This did not come out of the blue and has been in discussion for a while, per the source. The team agreed to let him do that and will have a new OLB coach.
Smith just finished his third year with the Packers. He’s overseen a talented and productive group of players, including Rashan Gary, Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith. Gary has been effusive in his praise of Mike Smith’s impact on his game since coming into the league as a first round pick in 2019.