GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Tom Clements is one of five candidates who will reportedly be interviewed for the head coaching vacancy in Chicago.
Bears’ general manager Phil Emery is looking for a replacement to Lovie Smith, who was fired on Monday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Packers have denied permission by other teams to interview at least six current assistants during their contracts over the past few years. But a team cannot stop an interview for a head coaching spot – although the Packers could delay such a move until they’re eliminated from the playoffs if they so choose.
The Chicago Tribune says the Bears plan to seek permission from the Packers to interview Clements as soon as possible. The Journal Sentinel said Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy refused to give the Bears permission to talk to Clements a few years ago, when Chicago was looking for an offensive coordinator.
McCarthy promoted Clements last February from quarterbacks coach to the offensive coordinator spot. The Packers are getting ready to host Minnesota on Saturday night in the Wild Card Round.