GREEN BAY – Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements confirmed Wednesday that the Chicago Bears have asked for and received permission to interview him for the team’s vacant head-coaching position.
“The only thing I’ll say is they requested permission, permission was granted, and that’s it,” Clements said. “I won’t comment beyond that.”
The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that the Bears had asked permission to interview Clements, whom the team had wanted to interview for its offensive coordinator job in 2010, when Clements was the Packers’ quarterbacks coach. The Packers denied that request. Clements was promoted before this season to offensive coordinator after Joe Philbin left to become the Miami Dolphins’ head coach.
Clements has never been a head coach at any level. He was a star at Notre Dame and was an assistant at his alma mater from 1992 through 1995 before serving as quarterbacks coach with the New Orleans Saints from 1997 through 1999. He also coached quarterbacks for the Kansas City Chiefs (2000), Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-2003) and Packers (2006-2011) while working as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator in 2004 and 2005.
Asked if he felt he had the resume to be a head coach, and if it would be nice to finally get opportunity, Clements replied, “I don’t want to talk in generalities. I’ll talk about the Vikings.”
NFL rules state that because the Packers are in the NFC Wild Card playoff round, the earliest Clements could interview with Chicago would be Sunday. That's when a one-week interviewing window opens for assistants on teams that win their Wild Card games. Should the Packers lose to the Minnesota Vikings Saturday night, Clements would be free to interview immediately.
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