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Packers reject Bears' request to interview Clements

The Bears were hoping to improve the performance of their current quarterback via the influence of a man who once did a fairly good job of throwing the ball at nearby Notre Dame.  But the current employer of Tom Clements rejected a request to interview the Green Bay quarterbacks coach for the vacant position of offensive coordinator in Chicago.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Packers “quickly denied” the overtures of the Bears.

NFL teams can block assistant coaches still under contract from interviewing with other franchises for any job other than head coach.  Clements is committed to the Packers through 2010.

Per Biggs, the Bears had collected information on Clements, obtaining references from Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The Bears have now whiffed on their first two choices for the position.  Jeremy Bates rejected an offer to reunite him with quarterback Jay Cutler.  Bates instead will follow Pete Carroll to Seattle.

Mike Martz likely remains interested, but we remain convinced that, within a month of working together, Cutler would hire Kyle Turley to make good on the threat that Turley allegedly once made.

The decision remains critical to the ability of coach Lovie Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo to survive beyond 2010.  They need someone who can get the most out of Cutler, and Bates would have been the best to do it.

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33 Responses to “Packers reject Bears' request to interview Clements”
  1. Gbp123 says: Jan 12, 2010 9:23 AM

    Lovie will be gone in 2010. My money is on Jeff Fischer. This will be difficult for the Bears to find a quality OC in this lame duck year

  2. packerswin says: Jan 12, 2010 9:24 AM

    Why on earth would Chicago even dream that Green Bay would allow them to interview Clements?, much less actually ask them.

  3. SlimPickens says: Jan 12, 2010 9:29 AM

    the problem is Lovie’s lame duck status

  4. The Coop says: Jan 12, 2010 9:31 AM

    Wow, just think about the collection of arrogance and inflated egos of the names mentioned in this article. Favre, Martz, Cutler….. Geez.

  5. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jan 12, 2010 9:43 AM

    I am sure you will blame this on cutler but why would anybody that is any good want to take the job for basicly 1 year?everybody knows there will be a change if the bears do not make the playoffs.and since it usualy takes a year for the players to learn a system what would be the point?the bears don’t need the greatest show on turf to beat people,what they need is someone who can call plays other than the 3 turner ran.you know the run up the middle for no gain,throw it deep to hester on 3rd down or the wide reciever screen to hester every other play!

  6. ChicagoJo says: Jan 12, 2010 9:49 AM

    “The Bears have now whiffed on their first two choices for the position.”
    Right, because if they were set up for an interview they obviously already decided on them for the position. Have you ever looked for a job, Florio? The interview itself counts for something.
    Its too bad, I was hoping for Clements. I wonder when the last time a coach ws blocked from interviewing was… kind of unfair to him. But like everyone said, Lovie’s gone in a year so the position can’t be all that appealing.
    I’m sure it’ll be Martz, whose desperate for a way back into the NFL. Could work out alright, though, Martz is diligent about receivers routes and QB precision… the Bears could use help in that area.

  7. GRID says: Jan 12, 2010 9:54 AM

    packerswin: The Bears have to show their doing their ‘due diligence’ to hire the best man for the job (lol) before doing the inevitable: hiring Mike Martz. (sometimes teams don’t want to prevent an assistant coach from getting a coordinator job – but I highly doubt they’d let their guy go to a conference rival, let alone a division rival)
    The Lovie Angelo Tour will ultimately be swept out the door at the conclusion of the 2010 season, as Martz would be a BAD hire.

  8. GobiasINC_1 says: Jan 12, 2010 9:57 AM

    Martz and Lovie will reunite in Chicago and form “The Greatest Show on Grass Covered Mud!” And it will be played a spaceship! An honest to God spaceship!
    I can feel Bears’ fans excitement already. Peter King will also pick you to go to the Super Bowl next year for the second year in a row.

  9. PerryMason says: Jan 12, 2010 10:08 AM

    Good news. Now the Green Bay Poofers have a really P.O.ed quarterback coach. Back to 6 and 10 next year. LOL

  10. Chitown says: Jan 12, 2010 10:09 AM

    Bears fans should be celebrating this Clements was horrible as the Bills OC. He is a QB coach for life. This was another yes man Lovie wanted to bring in. It is going to be a long 2010 for Bears fans waiting for the ax to drop on Lovie.

  11. GoBrowns19 says: Jan 12, 2010 10:11 AM

    Why does any of this matter? Next season is going to suck because all we’ll hear about is the 2011 season being cancelled. Then when, or if, they come back in 2012, teams will be in disarray. Everyone has to go for the title in 2010 because the NFL is going to change drastically with a year or more off.

  12. Supersuckers says: Jan 12, 2010 10:20 AM

    PerryMason says:
    January 12, 2010 10:08 AM
    Good news. Now the Green Bay Poofers have a really P.O.ed quarterback coach. Back to 6 and 10 next year. LOL
    —-
    I hope you were kidding. NFl assistants know the rules when they take the job.

  13. jamesz23 says: Jan 12, 2010 10:20 AM

    Why would the Packers allow their QB coach to go to a division rival? Especially with as much stuff Lovie has said about the Packers since he’s arrived. His number 1 priority upon taking the job beat GB every year. Here you go take the guy who’s helped McCarthy develop Rodgers and turn Favre back into what he was.

  14. Cecil says: Jan 12, 2010 10:28 AM

    “I’m sure it’ll be Martz, whose desperate for a way back into the NFL. Could work out alright, though, Martz is diligent about receivers routes and QB precision… the Bears could use help in that area.”
    Martz loves a shell protection scheme, which worked in St. Louis because he had a fantastic offensive line with a future Hall of Famer at left tackle. When he doesn’t have those things, his QBs take a horrendous beating.
    Martz’s scheme would end Cutler’s football career, and possibly his life.

  15. Plankshelmet says: Jan 12, 2010 10:30 AM

    Only 342 days to go until the end of the Lovie Smith era !!!!!!!

  16. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jan 12, 2010 10:44 AM

    PerryMason says: January 12, 2010 10:08 AM
    Good news. Now the Green Bay Poofers have a really P.O.ed quarterback coach. Back to 6 and 10 next year. LOL
    ——————–
    Ummmm……….Clements probably told the Packers to not give them permission because he most likely has no interest in being a lame duck OC for a lame duck coach in Lovie Smith. By using the Packers as his mouthpiece, he doesn’t risk looking foolish to other potential teams and employers by rejecting an interview.

  17. purpleguy says: Jan 12, 2010 10:57 AM

    I’ll bet the poster above is correct, only currently unemployed, and likely less qualified guys, will be available given Smith’s lame duck status. Well, that and the fact that there’s no O-line and a QB who has a poster of Jeff George on his wall.

  18. Howie Handles says: Jan 12, 2010 11:07 AM

    “# jamesz23 says: January 12, 2010 10:20 AM
    Why would the Packers allow their QB coach to go to a division rival? Especially with as much stuff Lovie has said about the Packers since he’s arrived. His number 1 priority upon taking the job beat GB every year. Here you go take the guy who’s helped McCarthy develop Rodgers and turn Favre back into what he was.”
    ————–
    He’s only been the coach there since 2006, so how much influence do you think he had on Favre, a guy who’s played a few years before Clements.
    It has nothing to do with what Lovie says in the media, which, btw, is just hype for some of the meathead fans. zit has everything to do with not helping a division rival. If this was the Raiders or Browns, I’m sure permission would have been granted.
    Also Florio, just because they want to interview him, doesn’t in any way indicate that they’ll hire him. If Bates was the guy, he would have had an offer long ago. The know what they have in Martz, and want to do their due dilligence, as there are plenty of candidates out there.
    With that all being said, as a Bears fan, I hope they fail miserably next season, so the Jerry and Lovie show leaves for good. I am sick of Lovie’s hubris and inability to even learn how/when to challenge after all these years, and Amgelo’s general incompetence when it comes to player personnel, specifically the draft. Although I do believe Lovie play a large part in that too.

  19. Anarcho Purplism says: Jan 12, 2010 11:07 AM

    Coach who is half out the door……check
    QB who is a big baby diva………….check
    Skeleton of a run-game……………..check
    WRs loaded with 2/3rd options….check
    Wow….a true recipe for success.
    The Bears will have to dip in the pool of the jobless.

  20. mixman34 says: Jan 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    Poor bastard is being held hostage in the land of Miller Lite (ick!), Cheese Curd Dinners, and fat chicks who wear sandals in winter… ughhhh

  21. Pack_Attack says: Jan 12, 2010 11:15 AM

    The Bears are really looking stupid these days. ARod calls Clements one of the best coaches he’s ever worked with.

  22. Midway Monster says: Jan 12, 2010 11:43 AM

    Just hire Turner back and be done with the season already. I am tired of seeing the Bears on PFT.
    Good luck Lovie being the D coordinator for Tuny Dungy when he takes a HC spot after this year…

  23. ChicagoJo says: Jan 12, 2010 11:53 AM

    “Martz loves a shell protection scheme, which worked in St. Louis because he had a fantastic offensive line with a future Hall of Famer at left tackle. When he doesn’t have those things, his QBs take a horrendous beating.”
    Good point, but can it get much worse? This year we had no run blocking or protection, until the final 2 games. This might be wishful thinking, but wouldn’t Martz come in understanding what the Bears don’t have and possible work out of the single or double tight end sets they’ve had success from? I know its a break from Martz’s past, but its not like everything needs to be a carbon copy.
    Also hoping the Bears pick up a decent offensive line coach, someone said something about Mike Tice. Not to mention a lineman or two.

  24. PackFanNChiTown says: Jan 12, 2010 11:54 AM

    Howie Wrote: “With that all being said, as a Bears fan, I hope they fail miserably next season, so the Jerry and Lovie show leaves for good.”
    ____________________________________
    As a Packer fan living in the Chicago area I hope they do well enough for Lovie and Angelo to keep their jobs personally. Those two are the best thing to happen to the Packers since John Schoop! :)
    As long as Angelo keeps bringing in retreads like Orlando Pace (he was cut by a 2-14 team but let’s make him our starter to protect our new franchise QB!) I’m all for him staying around as long as possible…

  25. texasPHINSfan says: Jan 12, 2010 12:00 PM

    In Martz’s entire career, he’s statistically improved every offense he’s been the coordinator of (usually by significant amounts).
    Every QB in his system has had a career year.
    He has a strong personality which conflicts with some people, yes, but the results you cannot deny – he gets the most out of the talent around him. I don’t know why you guys keep calling him a QB killer.

  26. Philtration says: Jan 12, 2010 12:26 PM

    Martz has to know that if he takes the job, the offense improves, but the team does not make the playoffs then he has a real good chance of getting the head coach position.
    This scenario is more likely than both the offense and defense improving at the same time.
    Cutler’s TDs, yards and completion percentage were fine. It was the ridiculous number of picks that killed him. Cut that down, get the right players on the field and let go Orlando Pace.
    With better play calling the offense can and probably will be better.
    If they hire a new O coordinator and then fire him after 2010 because of a house cleaning that should have happened this year then what does that do to the QB?
    That would mean 4 different systems for Cutler in 4 years.
    They did the same thing to Rex Grossman between his last year at Florida and his 2nd season in Chicago.
    No wonder he was so screwed up.
    The defense is a different matter.
    Lovie is going to stay with the same worn out scheme and the league caught on to the Tampa-2 years ago.
    They need both an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator and with Ted Phillips going public and saying its win or else for Lovie they set themselves up so that no one will want either job.
    Lovie should have been shown the door and then the candidates would have known that their hire would be long term.
    Between Phillips, Angelo and Lovie this is just incompetence all the way around.

  27. bob _ nelson says: Jan 12, 2010 1:19 PM

    Why would anyone be so stupid enough to admit to the world that they are a Packer fan?It’s like admitting that you have sex with animals.Do they not see the shame?

  28. jeffragnerchicken says: Jan 12, 2010 1:20 PM

    Pack_Attack says:
    January 12, 2010 11:15 AM
    The Bears are really looking stupid these days. ARod calls Clements one of the best coaches he’s ever worked with.
    _______________________
    This is the first solid asshat candidate post.
    Who has Karen had as coaches to compare him to? Mumbles and tedford?
    That’s like comparing retards.
    What a bunch of idiots. This is why the packer fan base is the worst group of morons out there.

  29. Supersuckers says: Jan 12, 2010 1:29 PM

    jeffragnerchicken says:
    January 12, 2010 1:20 PM
    Pack_Attack says:
    January 12, 2010 11:15 AM
    The Bears are really looking stupid these days. ARod calls Clements one of the best coaches he’s ever worked with.
    _______________________
    This is the first solid asshat candidate post.
    Who has Karen had as coaches to compare him to? Mumbles and tedford?
    That’s like comparing retards.
    What a bunch of idiots. This is why the packer fan base is the worst group of morons out there.
    ——-
    Jeff,
    McCarthy is known around the league as quite the QB developer. Rich Gannon, Brett Favre, Aaron Brooks, Aaron rodgers, all showed dramatic improvement under McCarthy. Karen still? really?

  30. Lost says: Jan 12, 2010 1:51 PM

    Why wouldn’t Tom Clements come back to the CFL for a head coaching/GM position? Has Winnipeg replaced its HC yet?

  31. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 12, 2010 2:27 PM

    Notice the “e” in Ragner?
    I spell mine with an A= Ragnar.
    It is some simpleton with a lot of time on their hands.
    They are doing the same thing to Pervy.
    It’s juvenile, and lacks originality.
    But hey, if I got under some turds skin that badly, then it’s all worth it.

  32. Murgen says: Jan 12, 2010 8:54 PM

    So in other words……..
    THE BEARS STILL SUCK
    LOL
    Carry on Ladies

  33. H4X0R says: Jan 13, 2010 1:22 PM

    I was sad when wannstadt left.
    Lovie has done a great job in his place. I believe he will continue to produce 2 wins a year for GB

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