Originally posted on Packers Notes  |  Last updated 1/22/12
Philbin was the offensive coordinator since 2007 With Joe Philbin off to Miami to be the team’s eighth head coach in the past 12 years, Mike McCarthy is left with a gaping hole on his staff. So in what has turned out to be a longer offseason than Packers fans had anticipated, how to replace Philbin figures to be the first of many big decisions facing McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson in the coming months. Promoting quarterbacks coach Tom Clements would seem to be the most logical move, but is it really the best one? Clements is outstanding at what he’s currently doing, and truth be told, his role is more important to this particular team than that of the offensive coordinator. Not to take anything away from Philbin, but this offense is McCarthy’s baby. He’s the one who brought it to Green Bay; he’s the one who taught it to his position coaches; and he’s the one who developed it into the second-highest scoring unit in league history. Philbin obviously played a major role ...
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