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Packers Won't Be Able to Block OC Clements from Interviews

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Packers Won't Be Able to Block OC Clements from Interviews
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Green Bay - The Green Bay Packers have been tough on preventing their assistant coaches from departing before the expiration of their contracts. Sources told the Journal Sentinel that at least six current assistants - Edgar Bennett, James Campen, Tom Clements, Ben McAdoo, Darren Perry and Joe Whitt - have been denied permission to interview with other National Football League teams in the last few years. Some of those coaches have been denied more than once. Now, by rule, the Packers cannot prevent Clements, their offensive coordinator, from interviewing to become the next head coach of the archrival Chicago Bears. A source said Clements was among five coaches who will be interviewed by the Bears. An earlier report Tuesday in the Chicago Tribune said the Bears planned to seek the Packers' permission to talk with Clements. NFL rules allow teams to block assistants under contract from even interviewing for a job. However, when that job is head coach, permission must be granted...

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