The Green Bay Packers, still reeling after their incomprehensible collapse against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, appear on the verge of making dramatic changes to their offensive system for the 2015 season.
As reported by Chris Havel of WDUZ (a local Green Bay station), the Packers are set to relieve head coach Mike McCarthy of his offensive play-calling duties - current OC Tom Clements taking on the responsibility in a new role as associate head coach.
McCarthy recently admitted that star linebacker Clay Matthews' injury during the Seahawks game passed him by as he concentrated on making offensive play calls and clearly the Packers are looking to decompartmentolize in a bid to avoid any similar issues moving forward.
As noted by the same source, current wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett will replace Clements as Green Bay's offensive coordinator.
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The move comes a month after Shawn Slocum lost his job as Packers special teams coordinator - the team's failure to collect Seattle's last minute onside kick likely the catalyst for that decision.
Spreading the responsibility
McCarthy, since taking on the head coaching role in Green Bay back in 2006, has taken it upon himself to call the plays on offense. Making the playoffs 7 times in nine seasons - winning the Super Bowl in 2010 - the decision has proved successful to a degree. Clearly though there is a motion to shake things up heading into the 2015 campaign.
Handing over play-calling duties on offense would allow McCarthy to focus on game-management, a point high on the agenda after Green Bay's failure to see out the Championship Game.
The man who looks set to call the plays moving forward, Tom Clements, has been with the Packers since 2006. Working as the quarterback coach since 2006 he has a strong relationship with current NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and it is hoped the transition to play-caller will alleviate some of the pressure on his boss.
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