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Tom Clements
Associate Head Coach/Offense

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Tom Clements, entering his 23rd season in the coaching profession, is in his 10th year with the Packers and his first as Green Bay’s associate head coach/offense.

Now in his 19th overall season as an NFL coach, Clements was promoted to his current position on Feb. 12, 2015, after serving as Green Bay’s offensive coordinator for the past three seasons (2012-14). He was promoted to offensive coordinator 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 Buffalo (2004-05) and QBs coach for Pittsburgh (2001-03), Kansas City (2000) and New Orleans (1997-99).

During his nine seasons on Green Bay’s staff, the Packers have ranked in the top 10 in scoring and total offense eight times. Since Clements took over as offensive coordinator in 2012, the Packers rank No. 3 in the league in scoring (27.8 ppg), No. 5 in total offense (381.9 ypg), No. 3 in giveaways (54) and No. 5 in first downs (1,048).

In 2014, Clements guided the offense as the Packers led the NFL in scoring with 486 points (30.4 ppg), the second most in team annals behind only the 560 recorded in 2011. Green Bay was tied for the top mark in the league in ’14 with a franchise-record 13 giveaways and also set a single-season team mark for first downs with 356.

Aaron Rodgers finished in the top three in the NFL in passer rating, TD passes, TD/INT ratio and yards per attempt, the only QB in the league to do so, on his way to earning league Most Valuable Player honors for the second time from The Associated Press. WR Jordy Nelson set a single-season franchise record for receiving yards with 1,519 as he teamed with WR Randall Cobb to become the first duo in NFL history to both register 90-plus catches, 1,200-plus receiving yards and 12-plus TD catches in the same season as both earned Pro Bowl selections. RB Eddie Lacy became just the sixth player in franchise annals to register back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons with 1,139 yards in 2014.

In 2013, Clements helped the Packers generate 6,404 yards of total offense (No. 3 in the NFL), the second most in franchise history behind only the 6,482 yards posted in 2011. Green Bay finished in the top 10 in both rushing (No. 7) and passing (No. 6) for the first time since 2004 and ranked No. 3 in the NFL with 76 plays of 20-plus yards. Green Bay’s rushing average of 133.5 yards per game was the team’s best mark since 2003 and was the sixth-best average posted by the team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards, the most by a rookie in team history, on his way to being selected to the Pro Bowl and being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by AP.

The Packers averaged 266.8 passing yards per game in ’13 despite starting four different quarterbacks on the season as Rodgers missed seven contests due to a collarbone injury. Rodgers ranked No. 5 in the NFL with a 104.9 passer rating, becoming the first QB in NFL history to register a 100-plus rating in five consecutive seasons (2009-13). Nelson posted then-career highs in receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314) and led the league with 19 catches of 25-plus yards.

In 2012, Clements coordinated an offense that ranked No. 5 in the NFL in scoring (27.1 ppg), tied for No. 2 in giveaways (16) and finished No. 3 in red-zone efficiency (68.1 percent). The 16 giveaways were tied for the second fewest in a season in franchise history at that point, and the team’s red-zone TD percentage was the best in a season since the statistic began to be recorded in 1995. Rodgers led the NFL in passer rating (108.0) for the second straight season and also ranked No. 1 in TD/INT ratio (4.88) and No. 2 in TD passes (39). WR James Jones led the league with a career-high 14 TD catches, becoming the first Packer to do so since WR Sterling Sharpe (18) in 1994, and TE Jermichael Finley set a single-season franchise record for tight ends with 61 receptions.

As quarterbacks coach, Clements’ extensive tutelage of Rodgers paid dividends, culminating with a 2011 campaign that saw him earn league MVP honors. Rodgers set an NFL single-season 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) and 300-yard games (eight).

Clements also tutored QB Matt Flynn, a seventh-round choice by the club in 2008, as he set single-game franchise records in the 2011 season finale with 480 passing yards and six TDs (both later matched by Rodgers) vs. Detroit. Combined with Rodgers’ 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 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 and led 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 offense increased its scoring output by 152 points and reduced its number of sacks allowed from 51 to 38. In 2005, RB Willis McGahee became the fifth running back in Bills history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and QB Kelly Holcomb set a club single-season record with a 67.39 completion percentage.

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.

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, Clements 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 QB 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 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.

Tom Clements, entering his 23rd season in the coaching profession, is in his 10th year with the Packers and his first as Green Bay’s associate head coach/offense.

Now in his 19th overall season as an NFL coach, Clements was promoted to his current position on Feb. 12, 2015, after serving as Green Bay’s offensive coordinator for the past three seasons (2012-14). He was promoted to offensive coordinator 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 Buffalo (2004-05) and QBs coach for Pittsburgh (2001-03), Kansas City (2000) and New Orleans (1997-99).

During his nine seasons on Green Bay’s staff, the Packers have ranked in the top 10 in scoring and total offense eight times. Since Clements took over as offensive coordinator in 2012, the Packers rank No. 3 in the league in scoring (27.8 ppg), No. 5 in total offense (381.9 ypg), No. 3 in giveaways (54) and No. 5 in first downs (1,048).

In 2014, Clements guided the offense as the Packers led the NFL in scoring with 486 points (30.4 ppg), the second most in team annals behind only the 560 recorded in 2011. Green Bay was tied for the top mark in the league in ’14 with a franchise-record 13 giveaways and also set a single-season team mark for first downs with 356.

Aaron Rodgers finished in the top three in the NFL in passer rating, TD passes, TD/INT ratio and yards per attempt, the only QB in the league to do so, on his way to earning league Most Valuable Player honors for the second time from The Associated Press. WR Jordy Nelson set a single-season franchise record for receiving yards with 1,519 as he teamed with WR Randall Cobb to become the first duo in NFL history to both register 90-plus catches, 1,200-plus receiving yards and 12-plus TD catches in the same season as both earned Pro Bowl selections. RB Eddie Lacy became just the sixth player in franchise annals to register back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons with 1,139 yards in 2014.

In 2013, Clements helped the Packers generate 6,404 yards of total offense (No. 3 in the NFL), the second most in franchise history behind only the 6,482 yards posted in 2011. Green Bay finished in the top 10 in both rushing (No. 7) and passing (No. 6) for the first time since 2004 and ranked No. 3 in the NFL with 76 plays of 20-plus yards. Green Bay’s rushing average of 133.5 yards per game was the team’s best mark since 2003 and was the sixth-best average posted by the team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards, the most by a rookie in team history, on his way to being selected to the Pro Bowl and being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by AP.

The Packers averaged 266.8 passing yards per game in ’13 despite starting four different quarterbacks on the season as Rodgers missed seven contests due to a collarbone injury. Rodgers ranked No. 5 in the NFL with a 104.9 passer rating, becoming the first QB in NFL history to register a 100-plus rating in five consecutive seasons (2009-13). Nelson posted then-career highs in receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314) and led the league with 19 catches of 25-plus yards.

In 2012, Clements coordinated an offense that ranked No. 5 in the NFL in scoring (27.1 ppg), tied for No. 2 in giveaways (16) and finished No. 3 in red-zone efficiency (68.1 percent). The 16 giveaways were tied for the second fewest in a season in franchise history at that point, and the team’s red-zone TD percentage was the best in a season since the statistic began to be recorded in 1995. Rodgers led the NFL in passer rating (108.0) for the second straight season and also ranked No. 1 in TD/INT ratio (4.88) and No. 2 in TD passes (39). WR James Jones led the league with a career-high 14 TD catches, becoming the first Packer to do so since WR Sterling Sharpe (18) in 1994, and TE Jermichael Finley set a single-season franchise record for tight ends with 61 receptions.

As quarterbacks coach, Clements’ extensive tutelage of Rodgers paid dividends, culminating with a 2011 campaign that saw him earn league MVP honors. Rodgers set an NFL single-season 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) and 300-yard games (eight).

Clements also tutored QB Matt Flynn, a seventh-round choice by the club in 2008, as he set single-game franchise records in the 2011 season finale with 480 passing yards and six TDs (both later matched by Rodgers) vs. Detroit. Combined with Rodgers’ 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 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 and led 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 offense increased its scoring output by 152 points and reduced its number of sacks allowed from 51 to 38. In 2005, RB Willis McGahee became the fifth running back in Bills history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and QB Kelly Holcomb set a club single-season record with a 67.39 completion percentage.

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.

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, Clements 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 QB 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 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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