In February, the Packers announced that McCarthy would no longer call plays for the offense, handing over the responsibility to associate head coach Tom Clements. The change comes as the Packers have struggled at times on offense this season.
McCarthy was groomed as an offensive coach before becoming the Packers’ head coach in 2006, spending 2000-04 as the New Orleans Saints’ offensive coordinator and 2005 as the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator. McCarthy had called plays for the Packers since taking over as coach up until this year.
In February, when Green Bay announced that Clements would call the plays, McCarthy did acknowledge that giving up play-calling duties was “hard,” but expressed confidence in Clements.
“Tom Clements will be the play caller,” McCarthy told reporters, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Biggest change personally, I felt play-calling was something I could do, but the commitment Monday through Saturday won't work as well...Tom has called [plays] as a player, he’s called them in the NFL. [Tom] has an excellent relationship with Aaron Rodgers. The fit with Aaron is the highest priority. I thought that’s why it was so important.”