The Chicago Bears have requested permission to interview Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements for the team's head coaching position. The Chicago Tribune first reported the news.
Clements has been OC for the Packers since 2006. He worked with Brett Favre and has been credited for assisting in the development of Aaron Rodgers.
Before Green Bay, Clements was offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills from 2004-2005. Before that held posts as quarterbacks coach for three different teams: New Orleans Saints from 1997-1999; Kansas City Chiefs in 2000; Pittsburgh Steelers from 2001-2003.
Clements is a former Canadian Football League quarterback who spent 13 years in the CFL (1975-1987).
The McCaskeys have long held Clements in high esteem. In 2010, the Bears requested permission to interview him for the open offensive coordinator position. The Packers denied permission yet, per NFL rules, no team can deny any assistant coach a chance to interview for a head coaching position. So Clements will interview with GM Phil Emery within the next two weeks.
Clements is the fifth candidate in whom the Bears have shown interest. The others include Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis.
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