We continue on our review of the offensive coaches with a look at offensive coordinator Tom Clements. In many ways I feel bad for Clements, offensive coordinator for a team with an offensive minded head coach is a bit of a lose/lose job. If you do well then many will overlook you, attributing most of the success to the head coach. If you do poorly then you are an easy fall guy if the head coach has the least bit of notoriety. This year Clements not only faced this challenge, but is also replacing long time McCarthy man Joe Philbin. Once again this puts Clements in a position where he is expected to meet high expectations from the start. It’s not fair, but such is life in the NFL.
Clements first year as OC is a bit of a mixed bag. The Packers struggled on offense early in the year and really seemed to struggle for an identity on offense for much of the season. Eventually they found their rhythm and still were able to rank in the top five teams for points scored, but it is important to note that the team failed to rank in the top ten of yards per game for the first time during Mike McCarthy’s tenure in Green Bay. These two statistics together point to the mixed bag the Clements had during his first year as offensive coordinator.
2013 Packers Coaches Review: Tom Clements
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