Packers, Clements make it official

McCarthy adds former Notre Dame QB to staff

Packers coach Mike McCarthy rounded out the offensive side of his coaching staff by naming Tom Clements as quarterbacks coach today.

Clements, 52, comes to Green Bay from the Buffalo Bills, where he spent the past two seasons (2004-05) as offensive coordinator. A coaching veteran of 13 seasons, nine in the NFL, Clements also has served as the quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03), Kansas City Chiefs (2000) and New Orleans Saints (1997-99).

McCarthy chose Clements over Steve Logan, the former head coach at East Carolina, and a quarterbacks coach in NFL Europe for the past two seasons. McCarthy interviewed both on Wednesday while they were at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Last year, Clements struggled with Bills second-year quarterback J.P. Losman, who finished 2005 with just a 64.4 passer rating. He was replaced in the starting lineup midway through the season by veteran Kelly Holcomb. Losman passed for 1,340 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 154 yards, a number that was expected to be higher.

In his second year with the Steelers, 2002, Clements helped Tommy Maddox earn the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year, as Pittsburgh's passing offense ranked seventh in the NFL, its highest finish since Terry Bradshaw's 1980 club. One year earlier, Clements worked with Kordell Stewart during the quarterback's best season, which culminated in the Pro Bowl.

The Chiefs' Elvis Grbac also turned in his career's best season in 2000, another Pro Bowl campaign, with Clements as his coach.

Before his first NFL coaching post, a three-year stint with the Saints in the late 1990s, Clements served as quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Notre Dame, from 1992-95 under Lou Holtz.

The seventh former NFL player hired this month by McCarthy, Clements spent one season, 1980, as a quarterback with the Chiefs. Before that, he enjoyed an outstanding 12-year run in the Canadian Football League and a stellar collegiate career at Notre Dame.

Inducted into the CFL's Hall of Fame in 1994, Clements played for Ottawa (1975-78), Saskatchewan/Hamilton (1979), Hamilton (1981-82) and Winnipeg (1983-87). 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 CFL passes (60.3 percent) for 39,041 yards and 252 touchdowns.

A three-year starter at Notre Dame (1972-74), Clements led the Irish to a 29-5 record, including an unblemished National Championship in 1973. An All-American in 1974, he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting when Archie Griffin earned the award.

Clements is a licensed attorney, having worked in that capacity between his playing and coaching careers as well as in 1996. The former quarterback pursued his law degree as time allowed during his CFL playing career, graduating from Notre Dame's School of Law in 1986.

Other members of McCarthy's staff with experience in the NFL include Edgar Bennett, James Campen, Carl Hairston, Winston Moss, Jimmy Robinson and Lionel Washington.

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