15

January

Packers In Need of Quarterbacks Coach

Ben McAdoo

The New York Giants have tabbed McAdoo as their offensive coordinator

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last night that Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo has been hired by the New York Giants to be their offensive coordinator.

McAdoo will replace the departed Kevin Gilbride, who had served in that role since 2007.  Gilbride was a part of two Super Bowl championship teams as a member of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin’s staff.

Prior to accepting the job with the Giants, McAdoo had also interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for their head coaching vacancy and also for the offensive coordinator position with the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was offensive coordinator in Green Bay when McAdoo was tight ends coach.

The Baltimore Ravens had also reportedly asked the Packers for permission to interview McAdoo, but he had accepted the job with the Giants before he could meet with the Ravens.

The Packers now need to fill this important role and the popular choice among discussion circles is their current running backs coach Alex Van Pelt.  Van Pelt served as quarterbacks coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2008 and was in a dual role as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with them in 2009.

Van Pelt joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their quarterbacks coach in 2010 and 2011 before coming to the Packers in 2012 in his current role.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed much admiration and respect for McAdoo on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show last week and also had high praise for current offensive coordinator and former quarterbacks coach Tom Clements.  Rodgers liked the fact that Clements had been a quarterback before and hopes the Packers can bring someone in to help him maintain the high level of play that he has exhibited over the past few seasons.

Van Pelt was on the Bills’ roster as a quarterback from 1995 – 2003, mostly as a backup.

 

 

 

 

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4

January

Joe Philbin and Tom Clements Drawing Interest For Head Coaching Jobs

Packers QB coach Tom Clements is drawing interest from Penn State University.

Success in the NFL breeds opportunity, and two offensive coaches for the Green Bay Packers are drawing interest for head coaching jobs around the football landscape.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will interview for the Kansas City Chiefs head coaching position on Wednesday night.

Quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, who earlier interviewed for Penn State’s coaching vacancy, will get a second interview in person sometime this week, according to the Pittsburgh Press-Gazette.

Philbin has been the Packers offensive coordinator since 2007, when he was promoted from offensive line coach to coordinator after Jeff Jagodzinski left to be Boston College’s head coach. Philbin started in Green Bay as an offensive line assistant in 2003.

Clements, a 15-year NFL coaching veteran, has been the Packers quarterbacks coach since 2006. He is credited for helping groom both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn during his time in Green Bay.

It’s no coincidence that the success of the Packers, who won 15 games this season after capturing a win in Super Bowl XLV last season, has coincided with interest in their assistant coaches, especially on offense. The Packers offense set numerous franchise records this season on their way to becoming the NFL’s top ranked scoring offense in 2011 and second-highest scoring offense in NFL history.

It was reported earlier this season that Philbin was drawing interest from Tulane Universtity, his alma mater, for their head coaching vacancy. Philbin denied those rumors and Tulane later hired New Orleans Saints receivers coach Curtis Jackson.

While an interview with the Chiefs is an encouraging sign for Philbin’s vertical movement in the coaching profession, it’s unlikely he’ll land the job. While residing over the offensive coordinator position in Green Bay for five seasons, Philbin has yet to be the full-time play caller for the Packers offense. Head coach Mike McCarthy, a former offensive coordinator, calls the Packers’ offensive plays. The Chiefs are also widely assumed to be retaining Romeo Crennel as the head coach after he helped lead the Chiefs to a 2-1 record, including a win over the Packers, after taking over for Todd Haley.

Losing Clements appears to be more imminent. Penn State has dwindled their candidates list, and Clements looks to be one of the front-runners. The Norte Dame alum has shown a mutual interest in the job as a Pennsylvania native.