Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love has received the best news he could have during the offseason.
According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Silverstein, long-time quarterbacks coach Tom Clements will return to another season with the Packers in 2024.
This does not mean QBs coach Tom Clements is retiring. He will be back on coach Matt LaFleur’s staff in 2024. Great learning experience for Mannion to work under LaFleur and Clements. Good for Jordan Love, too. https://t.co/0tkQzltI3y
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) February 4, 2024
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had already indicated that Clements would be retained if he wanted to keep coaching. “He’s a great person. He’s got great knowledge. He’s a great team guy,” LaFleur said in December. “The quarterbacks all like him, and they believe in him. They believe he helps their game and gets them better.”
On Saturday, it was reported that the Packers will add former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion to the coaching staff working with quarterbacks and the passing game.
Presumably, it might mean that LaFleur sees the potential for Mannion to be a future QBs coach, so it makes sense to develop him in the system and around Love while Clements is still on the staff.
The Packers haven’t disclosed yet exactly how the offensive coaching staff will be designed, but there might be three coaches working around the quarterbacks. Besides Tom Clements and Sean Mannion, the staff also has assistant quarterbacks coach Connor Lewis, who’s been around Green Bay since 2016.
The quarterback room has three young quarterbacks. Besides Jordan Love, the roster has last year’s fifth-round pick Sean Clifford and 28-year-old Alex McGough, the 2023 USFL MVP who spent the 2023 NFL season on the Packers’ practice squad.
Why Clements is so important
A former NFL and CFL QB, Tom Clements is 70 years old and has been in the NFL since 1997. He was a member of the initial Mike McCarthy staff with the Packers in 2006 as a QBs coach, so he was a major contributor to developing Aaron Rodgers.
He kept the QBs coach position from 2006 to 2011, and then was promoted to offensive coordinator (2012-2014) and assistant head coach (2015-2016).
After a brief retirement, he returned to the NFL to be the Arizona Cardinals pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach between 2019 and 2020, helping develop Kyler Murray. When Luke Getsy left the Packers in 2022 to be the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, Rodgers indicated to Matt LaFleur that Clements would be an ideal replacement.
The old coach accepted the position to be around Rodgers at first, but decided to stay when the veteran quarterback got traded to the New York Jets.
Tom Clements has been significantly important for Jordan Love’s development — his performance since 2022, even if it happened in small sample sizes before 2023, got progressively better.
With Clements staying around for 2024, Love gets at least one more season with the experienced coach. “Tom is straight to the point,” Love told ESPN in December. “He’s going to coach you, tell you exactly what you need to hear, coach you by the book.”
“If you’re not doing it right, he’s going to tell you, this is exactly how you need to do it. Tom’s a laid-back guy.”
“He’s going to stay by the book, and if you’re doing a good job, he’ll give you a handshake and tell you good job. But if you’re not doing it right, he’ll let you know as well.”
When Tom Clements decides to retire, Matt LaFleur has created an interesting succession plan with Mannion and Lewis around the most important position in the game. Meanwhile, the Packers passers can absorb even more knowledge from such a good coach.