Packers QB coach Tom Clements credits Aaron Rogers for his return to Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Tom Clements has not lost his deadpan delivery. When asked what brought him back to Green Bay, the once-retired quarterback coach gave a one-word answer. “Delta,” he said, referring to one of the airlines serving Austin Straubel International Airport.

In fact, the real answer was two words: Aaron Rodgers.

When the Packers lost quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy, who became the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears this offseason, Rodgers began his efforts to talk his old coach out of retirement and eventually connected with coach Matt LaFleur.

“It was after the season that Aaron contacted me,” said Clements, whose first stint with the Packers went from 2006-16. “He had talked to Matt, [who] wanted to measure my interest in coming back.

“I said, ‘Yeah, I would talk about it,’ and then talked to Matt a few times. We got together, talked, talked a little bit more with Aaron, and it just worked out.”

All that time, Rodgers had not made his decision on whether to return to the Packers for the 2022 season. That came only almost three weeks later.

“That was my first question to him, ‘What do you think?'” Clements said Tuesday. “And we just talked about it and I felt good, pretty sure he was coming back. The team and he have had some great years and still have a good chance of fighting for the Super Bowl.”

Clements said he knows why Rodgers came back.

“I know he wants to: he wants another Super Bowl,” Clements said. “And that was one of the things that intrigued me, too.”

Clements last trained in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals in 2020, but spent last season in semi-retirement. He had no plans to return.

“I did not have the itching to come back,” the 68-year-old said. “It was because I came back to Green Bay, with Aaron, [and a] chance to win a Super Bowl. Those were the primary considerations. “

Clements’ charge now will be to help Rodgers adjust to life without his favorite receiver, Davante Adams, who was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders. With or without Adams, Clements seems to be the way Rodgers has played since LaFleur took over three years ago.

“When I saw it from a distance, I thought he played a style more than when he was younger, because he plays more under the center, playing actions,” Clements said. “In the later years we were here, it was more of a not-too-under-center [offense], excluding Shotgun, more of a spread offense. And in the early years, we relied on the running game and the play action pass and we got more into the hunting rifle on such situations with third parties, and that’s more the style I saw. If you can run the ball, it opens up a lot of things, and there have been a lot of explosive passes from the game-action-pass game over the years and hopefully we can continue that. .

Clements was one of nine members of the coaching staff who were either hired this offseason or promoted to new positions who spoke with reporters on Tuesday. The group also included special team coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who came to Green Bay after spending last season as the Raiders’ interim head coach.

While Bisaccia declined questions about whether he should get the full job in Las Vegas, he had his reasons for taking over one of last season’s least special teams in the NFL.

“It’s the Green Bay Packers,” Bisaccia said. “For me, personally, the chance to be with one of the marquee National Football League teams that sets a standard and has an expectation to play to that standard every day, along with my excitement and my new energy to I met and tried with Coach LaFleur, what he has done here in a very short period of time, it’s amazing, he’s all football, and to be back with [defensive coordinator] Joe Barry with whom I have been before in two different places, and again being part of a franchise that expects to win and the standard is to win it all, and being part of that kind of thing for me is energetic.


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