The Green Bay Packers have just promoted Tom Clements, formerly the team's quarterbacks coach, to replace Joe Philbin as the offensive coordinator.
This move should not shock anyone, especially in Green Bay, because Clements was the favorite to land the job. He was phenomenal as the quarterbacks coach, evidenced by Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn both planned to be starters for teams in 2012.
The Packers also did not want to go out of house to hire a new O.C. because, frankly, this Packers offense didn't need it. Anyone could coach this Packers offense and it would still be one of the best in the league. They are extremely talented and are lead by the best quarterback in the NFL.
Promoting Clements allows the Packers offense to go through few changes in the offseason trying to adjust to a new O.C. Also, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy calls the plays for the offense anyway. It's not like Clements will be asked to add creative offensive gimmicks this offseason. Rather, he will probably be asked to stay out of the way and let the Packers offense continue to be amazing.
The last reason this move was a lock is because Rodgers wanted it to happen. Rodgers was quoted as saying he wanted Clements to be promoted because he thought he was right for the job. Once he said that, it was just a matter of time before Clements was hired. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson knows to listen to his franchise quarterback with all ears, similar to the way he signed James Jones last year after Rodgers expressed his desire to see him return.
Clements had some things to say about the promotion, as well. "I think it's a great opportunity," Clements said. "We have a young team. We've had success over the past couple of years. We still have a lot of room to grow and I'm happy to be a part of it."
I think Packer fans everywhere are also happy to be a part of this Packers team and have faith that Clements can get the job done.
Let's hope for a successful first season for Clements as the Packers O.C.