Would you guys like to see Tom Clements as our new HC?
He'd have an advantage at knowing how to beat the Packers if nothing else
From Wiki Playing career High School
Clements attended Canevin Catholic High School. Clements was a four year letterman in both football and basketball. He was also offered a basketball scholarship at North Carolina, but decided to play football instead. He is the only athlete in Canevin history to have his jersey retired.
Clements was the starting quarterback for the Notre Dame football team from 1972 to 1974 and led the team to a national championship in 1973. In the Dec 31, 1973 Sugar Bowl matchup against Alabama, Clements had a 3rd-and-9 Hail Mary completion from his own end zone with 2:00 left to secure a 24-23 victory. In 1974, Clements finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and was voted a first-team All-American.
After graduation, Clements began a career in the Canadian Football League, quarterbacking theOttawa Rough Riders for four seasons and winning the league's Rookie-of-the-Year award in his inaugural campaign. The next season, he helped to lead the team to what became the Rough Riders' last Grey Cup victory. After taking a powerful hit, a woozy Clements threw a pass to tight-end Tony Gabriel in the end zone, a catch which became famous in defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
During his time with Ottawa, Clements shared the passing duties with Condredge Holloway, from 1975 to 1977 as the quarterback getting the most playing time. In 1978, their stats were comparable, except for Holloway throwing only two interceptions to 12 by Clements.
Clements continued his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1979, but did not fare well, throwing only two touchdowns to 11 interceptions and being replaced by Danny Sanders.
However, a trade to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats quickly rejuvenated Clements, and he led the CFL in passing yards with 2,803, the last to do so with less than 3,000 yards. In 1980, Clements was briefly on the roster of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, coached by former Montreal Alouette head coach Marv Levy, but was the third string quarterback for a team that stressed the running game. In 1981, Clements returned to the Tiger-Cats and threw for 4,536 yards. He improved his numbers the next season with 4,706 yards. In 1983, Clements was traded from Hamilton to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for long-time Blue Bomber quarterback Dieter Brock. The next year, those two teams, Hamilton and Winnipeg, faced each other in the Grey Cup. Clements led the Bombers to their first Grey Cup victory since 1962. In 1986, he set a new completion percentage record with 67.5, 173 out of 256. Clements finished his playing career with Winnipeg in 1987 and was also named the league's Most Outstanding Player.
He finished his CFL career with over 39,000 passing yards, 252 passing touchdowns, and a 60.35 completion percentage. In 2005, for the 75th anniversary of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Clements was selected one of the Bombers 20 all-time great players. In addition, in November 2006, he was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#47) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
Tom Clements was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall Of Fame in 1994.
In 1992, Clements was hired as quarterbacks coach for Notre Dame, where he served until 1995 under head coach Lou Holtz. After practicing law in 1996, Clements took his first NFL job, working as the quarterback coach for the New Orleans Saints from 1997 to 1999.
Clements would hold the same job in 2000 with the Kansas City Chiefs, and between 2001 and 2003 with the Pittsburgh Steelers; under Clements’s tutelage, the Chiefs’ Elvis Grbac (in 2000) and the Steelers’ Kordell Stewart (in 2001) and Tommy Maddox (in 2002) each reached the Pro Bowl.
In 2004 and 2005 Clements served as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, but was released by the team after a front-office shakeup in which Marv Levy, his coach with the Chiefs in 1980, assumed the position of general manager and ultimately installed Dick Jauron as the team’s new head coach. Upon the hiring of Mike McCarthy to be the head coach of the Packers on January 11, 2006, the Packers parted ways with several assistant coaches, and McCarthy later interviewed NFL Europe head coach Steve Logan and Clements, settling on Clements on January 28, 2006.
During Clements time as the quarterbacks coach with the Green Bay Packers, he has worked with starting quarterbacks: Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, andMatt Flynn. In 2007, Favre statistically had one of his best seasons with the Green Bay Packers, taking them to the NFC Championship game. Clements is also credited for assisting in the development of one of the game's elite quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, as the only player in NFL history to throw for 4,000+ yards during his first two years as a starting quarterback in 2008 and 2009, and winning Super Bowl XLV and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award in Rodgers' third year as a starting quarterback in 2010. In Week 17 of the 2011 season, after the Packers went 14-1, head coach Mike McCarthychose to deactivate Rodgers to keep him healthy for the playoffs and start backup quarterback, Matt Flynn, on January 1, 2012 at Lambeau Field vs. theDetroit Lions, Flynn's second start in his career. Throughout the game, Clements worked with Flynn on the sidelines, showing him what to look for in the photos from the previous offensive series. Flynn had a record setting performance, throwing for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns, both single game records for the Green Bay Packers.
While still in the CFL, Clements pursued a Juris Doctor degree, graduating magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 1986. Upon the completion of his playing career, he practiced law in Chicago for five years.
From the Packers site BIOGRAPHY
- Joined Packers on Jan. 29, 2006. Promoted to offensive coordinator on Feb. 2, 2012.
- Possesses 20 years of coaching experience, including two seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator.
- Has been instrumental in the development of QB Aaron Rodgers, who set an NFL record with a 122.5 passer rating in 2011 and also set franchise records for TD passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3), yards per attempt (9.25), TD/INT ratio (7.50) and 300-yard games (eight) on his way to earning NFL Most Valuable Player honors from The Associated Press.
- Prior to Green Bay, spent 10 seasons coaching quarterbacks under some of the game’s most successful coaches, including Bill Cowher, Mike Ditka and Lou Holtz.
- Played 12 years in the Canadian Football League at quarterback and was a seven-time divisional all-star and two-time Grey Cup champion; was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 1994.
- An All-American at Notre Dame in 1974, he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting that year.
- Practiced law for five years before beginning coaching career.
Tom Clements, entering his 20th season in the coaching profession, is in his first year as Green Bay’s offensive coordinator.
Now in his 16th overall NFL season, Clements was named to his current position on Feb. 2, 2012, after serving as Green Bay’s quarterbacks coach for the previous six seasons (2006-11). Having originally joined the Packers on Jan. 29, 2006, Clements also served as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills from 2004-05 and quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03), Kansas City Chiefs (2000) and New Orleans Saints (1997-99).
In Green Bay, Clements’ extensive tutelage of Aaron Rodgers paid dividends, culminating with Rodgers’ 2011 campaign that saw him earn NFL Most Valuable Player honors from The Associated Press. Rodgers set an NFL record with a 122.5 passer rating and franchise marks for TD passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3), yards per attempt (9.25), TD/INT ratio (7.50) and 300-yard games (eight).
Rodgers’ career passer rating of 104.1 ranks No. 1 in NFL history (min. 1,500 attempts), and his 17,037 passing yards from 2008-11 were the most by a quarterback in his first four seasons as a starter in NFL history, besting the previous mark held by Peyton Manning (16,418, 1998-2001). From 2008-11, Rodgers ranked No. 2 in the NFL in passing TDs (131), No. 1 in passer rating (105.0), No. 2 in yards per attempt (8.29) and No. 1 in 25-yard passes (150). In 62 regular-season starts under Clements’ guidance, Rodgers posted 22 games with 300-plus passing yards, 35 without an interception and 38 with a 100-plus passer rating.
Clements helped Rodgers become the first QB in NFL history to register two seasons with 500-plus attempts and seven or fewer INTs (2009 and 2011) as well as the only 4,000-yard passer in league history to throw six or fewer INTs (2011). Rodgers ranks No. 1 in NFL history with a career interception percentage of 1.8.
Clements also tutored former Packers QB Matt Flynn, a seventh-round choice by the club in 2008. Flynn set single-game franchise records in the 2011 season finale with 480 passing yards and six TDs vs. Detroit, becoming just the third QB in NFL history (Y.A. Tittle, Joe Namath) to throw for 480-plus yards and six-plus TDs in a game. Combined with Rodgers’ career-high five TD passes the previous week vs. Chicago, it marked the first time in the history of the NFL that a team had two different QBs each throw five-plus TDs in consecutive games.
Rodgers’ first 4,000-yard season in 2008, his debut season as a starter, gave the Packers 4,000-yard passers in consecutive seasons for just the second time in team history, and for the first time in league history those back-to-back 4,000-yard passers were different QBs.
The previous two seasons, in addition to tutoring Rodgers as the backup and heir apparent, Clements oversaw a mini-renaissance of Brett Favre’s career. In 2006, Favre reduced his interceptions from a career-high 29 the year before to just 18, setting the stage for a near-MVP season in 2007, when he surpassed 4,000 yards passing for the fifth time. He also posted a then career-best completion percentage of 66.5 and a QB rating of 95.7 that was his third best at that point in leading the Packers back to the playoffs.
Before coming to Green Bay, Clements spent two seasons (2004-05) as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. In 2004, the Bills’ offense increased its scoring output by 152 points and reduced its number of sacks allowed from 51 to 38, fewest by a Bills team since 1999. The unit was highlighted by RB Willis McGahee, who became the fifth running back in Bills history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, covering each year of Clements’ tenure. In addition, QB Kelly Holcomb set a club record in 2005 with a 67.39 completion percentage, surpassing Jim Kelly’s 1991 mark, 64.14 percent.
Prior to joining the Bills, Clements served as Pittsburgh’s quarterbacks coach for three seasons (2001-03) under Bill Cowher. In 2002, he helped Tommy Maddox earn the Comeback Player of the Year award from AP, as Pittsburgh’s passing offense ranked seventh in the NFL, its highest finish since 1980 with Terry Bradshaw under center.
Clements also worked with Pittsburgh’s Kordell Stewart (2001) and Kansas City’s Elvis Grbac (2000) during each quarterback’s best season, both culminating in Pro Bowl berths. Mike Ditka gave Clements his first NFL coaching job, hiring him to coach the Saints’ quarterbacks (1997-99), a group that included Jake Delhomme and Kerry Collins.
Prior to his post with the Saints, Clements served under Lou Holtz as quarterbacks coach (1992-94) and wide receivers/assistant head coach (1995) at his alma mater, Notre Dame. While with the Fighting Irish, Clements coached eventual 1993 NFL Rookie of the Year QB Rick Mirer, and WR Derrick Mayes, the Packers’ second-round draft pick in 1996. In addition, he tutored QB Ron Powlus, Notre Dame’s career passing leader in attempts, completions, yardage and touchdowns at the time of his graduation.
Inducted into the Canadian Football League’s Hall of Fame in 1994, Clements played quarterback for Ottawa (1975-78), Saskatchewan/Hamilton (1979), Hamilton (1981-82) and Winnipeg (1983-87) during a 12-year career in the CFL. Selected seven times as a divisional All-Star, Clements guided two teams, Ottawa (1976) and Winnipeg (1984), to Grey Cup Championships, earning the Outstanding Offensive Player award in each game. The league’s Rookie of the Year in 1975 and Most Valuable Player in 1987, Clements completed 2,807 of 4,657 passes (60.3 percent) for 39,041 yards and 252 touchdowns during his CFL career.
Clements also spent one season, 1980, as a quarterback for Marv Levy’s Kansas City Chiefs.
A three-year starter at Notre Dame (1972-74) under Ara Parseghian, Clements led the Irish to a 29-5 record, including an unblemished national championship season in 1973. An All-American in 1974, he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting when Archie Griffin earned the award. Clements received his degree in economics from Notre Dame in 1975.
A licensed attorney, Clements worked from 1988-92 for Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (now known as K&L Gates), a Chicago-based law firm. He pursued his law degree during his CFL playing career, graduating magna cum laude from Notre Dame’s School of Law in 1986. In 1994, while on the Notre Dame coaching staff, Clements was an adjunct associate professor of law at the university’s law school, where he taught “Sports and the Law.”
Clements was born June 18, 1953, in McKees Rocks, Pa. He and his wife, Kathe, live in Green Bay. The couple has two grown children: daughter, Stevie, and son, Tom.
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He is in the runnng, but I do not feel like I am educated enough to say who is the best pick.I think it's a full time job job to go and look at potential candidates, see what they have accomplished, how it would translate to the Bears, whether their accomplishments are meaningful (I still am amazed at the number of people that say that the biggest reason they want Lovie fired is because he tanked a season that started 7-1. Those were meaningless wins because of the competition - people just look at symptoms and not root cause...) ,etc.
What i don't get is that people think that the bears won't pony up for the likes of Gruden. I don't agree with that (however, I don't think Gruden would come here). We are already paying Lovie 6M a year. We are pretty darn close to paying the very top of the pyramid numbers for our coach. I don't see a huge difference with someone like Gruden. The main thing is the short term hit of 6M for Lovie if we let him go. Will we want to do that?
Here is an article I just read. Lots of truth, lots of emotion (too many people getting emotional and subjective about this -- we will know in 2 or 3 weeks and we can't affect the outcome anyway -- we just need some patience.) and also quite a bit of bias. I still enjoyed it. And Twinkies are already extinct -- so that leaves Lovie as the king of the things that will endure forever (you'll understand when you get to the end of the article LOL)
Lovie Smith deserves to be fired, but will he?
By Darren Doxey, December 12, 2012 at 8:07 am
John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune The Chicago Bears have entered self-destruct mode. Lovie Smith's ticket out of town should already be on hold at the airport desk. As a fan, I am, and think you should, root for a total collapse.
Itís happened again. The Bears have fallen apart in December. Under head coach Lovie Smith, the Bears are .500 (18-18) during the month of December, but they havenít won a game in that portion of the season since 2010. And in 2008, when they needed one win to get into the playoffs against the Houston Texans, they choked.
Lovie is not a great head coach. Heís led this team off a cliff, falling hard and fast from a 7-1 start to looking like a team that wonít win enough games make the postseason. And this time, he had his starting quarterback while it happened. For the first time, I think Iím happy to see the Bears lose.
At some point, the head coach needs to be exterminated. There is always a built-in excuse for Lovie as he talks down to the fans like theyíre idiots, when he has yet to prove his own worth. How many offensive coordinators does this guy get to blame? Nine years and the Bears haven't won anything.
Itís time to hold Smith accountable.
Next year is the last on Lovieís contract. It makes perfect sense to cut ties with him and start fresh while the defense is entering a retirement stage, and with a new general manager at the helm. But will it actually happen?
Word from people inside Halas Hall is that Phil Emery is really running the show. Itís not Michael or George McCaskey. Virginia isn't sitting on her mystic mountain, playing puppet master with the Bears front office anymore. Emery contractually has the power to fire Lovie Smith should he chose to do so. Believe it.
But even if he pulls the trigger, will he bring in a group of no-names, or does he go out and court a Jon Gruden or a Bill Cowher? I just donít know.
The deal is this: if the Bears fire Lovie, they have to get someone who isn't going to try to run an outdated style of football. There is ZERO offensive direction under Lovie Smith. Take a team like the Patriots; Bill Belichick wasn't an offensive coach, he was defensive minded. But now, his team is entirely offensive based, and they win championships.
Name one thing Lovie has done for this offense? Oh, yeah, youíre right; heís the reason Devin Hester is in his fifth season as a wide receiver. Great move, Lovie. (Can you read the sarcasm or not? Because I can lay it on thicker . . .) Oh yeah, heís the guy who knew, before anyone else, that Kellen Davis was an elite tight end. Right . . .
Not to mention his falling out with Ron Rivera, after which his defense got worse and worse. Then, once he took it over again, it got even worse. He fires every offensive coordinator he hires, only to replace them with another bum. Those are HIS guys that HE, Lovie Smith, wanted to run his offense.
Thereís a trend here . . . Why didn't Smith put his foot down in the Angelo years, and demand an offensive line? Something tells me he just doesn't understand what an offense needs to be successful.
Under Smith, the Bears wonít enter the modern day NFL. They will continue to run a defense that needs the 2005 version of Brian Urlacher and the 2007 version of Tommie Harris to function correctly, and he will continue to neglect the offense. His style of defense wonít win a championship anymore. It doesn't work against Super Bowl teams like the Patriots. Iíve said it for years, and I will continue to say it.
At what point does Lovieís stubborn attitude get him fired? Can it FINALLY be this year? Or will there be some bad excuse about injuries derailing his season?
And what in Bearsí history makes any of us think that a coach like Jon Gruden would get brought in to be the next head coach of your Chicago Bears? Absolutely nothing. In fact, Dave Toub might be the most likely successor.
Phil Emery gives me hope as a fan that change will happen if the Bears were to miss the playoffs. But Lovie has survived like a cockroach. Iím beginning to think that in the event of a nuclear apocalypse the only things left would be Twinkies and Lovie Smith holding a clipboard up at Halas Hall.
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Brutal article. I'm all for regime change, but comparing Lovie to a cockroach...damn! Pretty much confirms that the decision is Emery's. I have been hesitant to really believe it after following the Bears for decades, but I'm a believer that Phil is the Man calling the shots.
I wish him the best. He has some tough, tough decisions to make.
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I don't know if anyone has said this yea but Josh McDaniels if a top runner to fill Lovies job if he does go.
So, we'll be replacing our HC and QB...wonderful...I heard something about this as well but didn't catch the source. If it's confirmed he's a candidate after his many debacles in Denver, it calls into question Emery's sanity.
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Wasn't he the guy that ran Cutler out of town and had Marshall all over him? if that's him, not sure that oil and water would mix all that well here.
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No, no, no. Aaron Rodgers, like Tom Brady is gonna make anyone look good. This guy isn't getting the pack to look like champs, offensively, tho. Lol @ McDaniels
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Looks promising, but is he HC ready? Or do we bring him in as OC? Our history with QB coaches is just as dismal as our o-line issues. If this guy is truly the guy responsible for the years of our suffering GB's QBs, get him in here in some capacity. GB's loss is always our gain.
This. Name one thing Lovie has done for this offense? Oh, yeah, youíre right; heís the reason Devin Hester is in his fifth season as a wide receiver. Great move, Lovie. (Can you read the sarcasm or not? Because I can lay it on thicker . . .) Oh yeah, heís the guy who knew, before anyone else, that Kellen Davis was an elite tight end.
Right . . .
p.s. McDaniels trashed the Denver franchise in record time. I can't imagine him as a head coach here. He's a good OC. Bad HC.
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Love has no clue how to run an offense and as a head coach he is not only responsible for the defense but the offense as well.
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