Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements wants Penn State job

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Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements is throwing his hat in the ring to replace Joe Paterno as the head coach at Penn State.

Clements has sent a resume to Penn State’s six-member search committee, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Clements has been the quarterbacks coach in Green Bay since 2006, Aaron Rodgers’ second season, and Rodgers certainly looks like he’s been well-coached by Clements. So that would have to be considered a positive for him.

Although Clements has no ties to Penn State, he did grow up in Western Pennsylvania. Clements was a college quarterback at Notre Dame and had a long career in the Canadian Football League. His NFL playing career consisted of one game with the Chiefs in 1980. His first coaching job was as an assistant at Notre Dame, and since then he’s been on the staff of the Saints, Chiefs, Steelers and Bills before joining the Packers.

31 responses to “Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements wants Penn State job

  1. The Packers are gonna face the prospect of losing coaches. That’s the way it is. Whether Clements gets the Penn State job or not, it’s the inevitable result of winning at a high level in the NFL.

  2. @bopar – Agreed, Capers is eventually a goner. McCarthy is the real mastermind on offense, plus with the talent he has at QB and WR coaches leaving won’t affect them on offense.

  3. Oh boy! I didn’t know they were accepting applications. Just emailed mine. Can’t wait to follow a legendary coach amidst heavy scrutiny and likely NCAA sanctions. Sign me up.

  4. No disrespect to Clements, but Pennsylvania already has one former Packers QB coach heading up the Eagles and we’re all tired of him. I prefer an offensive coordinator to balance out the defense-heavy tradition at PSU.

  5. The best thing Penn State can do is look for people with no ties to Penn State. They need change now, not continuity. Strong medicine, not comfort.

  6. bopar411 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    The Packers are gonna face the prospect of losing coaches. That’s the way it is. Whether Clements gets the Penn State job or not, it’s the inevitable result of winning at a high level in the NFL.
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    Really? Who left last year?

  7. Tom Clements is a good guy and good coach, did wonders with average talent in some of his jobs, he can do better than Penn State, next OC for a contending team

  8. How will that interview go…

    “Will you report any suspected child abuse?”

    “Yes.”

    “Welcome aboard!”

  9. Threw one of the greatest passes in my 40 years of watching football – 3rd and 9 from end zone 1974 Sugar Bowl, Ara beats Bear 24-23.

    In the Top 10 college games I’ve ever seen.

  10. @packattack1967

    Jimmy Robinson our WR coach left last year for the same posistion in Dallas, he is old friends with Garrett from their days with the G-Men. Its also why we Edgar Bennett to WR coach from RB coach, he is being tailored to be an OC.

  11. packattack1967 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 3:40 PM
    bopar411 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    The Packers are gonna face the prospect of losing coaches. That’s the way it is. Whether Clements gets the Penn State job or not, it’s the inevitable result of winning at a high level in the NFL.
    _______________

    Really? Who left last year?
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    The Packers were not winning at a high level last season (even though they won the superbowl ).

  12. He’s been around a long time and never a head coach at any level. Probably about time the guy gets a shot somewhere.

    BTW, still a little to soon for Penn State and job to be in the same sentence.

  13. Penn State could use a good QB coach to take over, all scrutiny and potential sanctions aside.

    Their last good QB? Kerry Collins, 16 years ago.

  14. If Clements hangs around, he may have a shot at the Indianapolis head coach job. The development of Aaron Rodgers would be a strong incentive for the team taking Andrew Luck.

  15. I went to high school with Tom Clements. Good guy. He will continue to be successful no matter where he ends up.

  16. The NCAA legal team is working over time to find a way to suspend Penn State, and rightfully so.

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