Promoting Tom Clements to offensive coordinator was the logical choice for Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who lost incumbent Joe Philbin two weeks ago to the Miami Dolphins. But two key questioned remained unanswered in a news release issued Thursday to announce the change:
Will Clements double up as his own quarterbacks coach, a job he has held since 2006, or will McCarthy add a new one?
Will Clements call the plays, or will McCarthy continue to do so?
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette suggests that Packers tight ends coach Ben McAdoo would be a candidate for the quarterbacks coach job if McCarthy keeps it separate from the coordinator's role. McCarthy has shown a willingness to shuffle assistants before, having moved longtime running backs coach Edgar Bennett to receivers coach a year ago.
There is no reason to think McCarthy will give up his role as the Packers' play-caller, but it's worth noting that he had Clements call plays during last Sunday's Pro Bowl. And in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions, McCarthy assigned the job to quarterback Aaron Rodgers because he wasn't playing. We'll let you know when the Packers address either of those issues.
Update: Thanks to @cspurls for pointing out via Twitter that a story on the Packers website reports McCarthy will still call plays. That information was not in the press release sent out by the team.