New tutor for Rodgers

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Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thursday, February 9, 2012
— If Green Bay Packers assistant coach Ben McAdoo does as good as some of his predecessors, he should make the transition from coaching tight ends to overseeing a critical part of the offense just fine.

On Wednesday, McAdoo agreed to a deal to become the team’s quarterbacks coach, according to his agent Bob LaMonte.

LaMonte, a longtime friend and representative of former Packers coach Mike Holmgren, said that McAdoo was following in the footsteps of a couple of his other clients, who went from tight ends coaches to quarterbacks coaches or offensive coordinators.

“If you believe in that model, you know that Ben will do a great job,” LaMonte said. “I consider the mold to be Andy Reid and Mike Sherman and Pat Shurmur, guys who were tight ends coaches who moved up. Ben McAdoo is very similar to them.”

The NFL Network first reported that McAdoo had accepted the job replacing Tom Clements, who was promoted to offensive coordinator last week. Clements replaces Joe Philbin, who became Miami’s head coach last month.

An NFL source told the Journal Sentinel that McAdoo agreed to a two-year deal that is considered a promotion and will bump up his current salary.

The tough part for McAdoo is that, according to the NFL source, two teams, Miami and Tampa Bay, put in requests to interview him for their offensive coordinator positions and were denied permission by the Packers.

Under NFL anti-tampering rules, teams can deny another team an interview with a coach under contract unless the position being sought is head coach.

Had McAdoo gotten one of the coordinator jobs, he would have pulled in about $1 million a year for three or more years, which is the average deal for first-time coordinators. That’s considerably more than he’ll be making in Green Bay as the quarterbacks coach.

It will be a challenge for McAdoo to take over Clements’ coaching duties, especially since he never played or coached quarterback.

Aaron Rodgers has voiced his concern about not being able to work with Clements next season. The two have been very tight since Clements arrived in 2006, and Rodgers credits him for speeding up his development.

After receiving his most valuable player award Saturday night, Rodgers made it clear he was hoping Clements would still be involved in coaching him.

“I was pretty sure he was going to get the job when Mike (McCarthy) and I talked last week,” Rodgers said. “But I’m hopeful it’s not going to change our relationship on a daily basis because I rely on him, trust him, love the way he prepares us.

“I think the proof is in the pudding. Look at the way Matt (Flynn) played and his talent coming out. He’ll probably get a chance to start somewhere else. Me, I’ve been blessed (to have) his tutelage. So I hope things don’t change too much.”

On his radio show Tuesday, Rodgers said he would prefer to have a coach with a history playing or coaching quarterbacks. According to Rodgers, this is an important phase of his career and staying on top of his game is a must.

He might want to consult with Brett Favre about a tight ends coach moving to quarterbacks coach.

In 1996, the year the Packers won their only Super Bowl under Favre, Reid made that move. Like McAdoo, Reid had to replace a very respected quarterbacks coach who had strong ties with Favre. His name was Steve Mariucci.

But Reid was so good at what he did that it didn’t take Favre long to feel comfortable with him. In fact, Reid was his position coach two of the three years he won the MVP.

Reid forged a strong relationship with Favre, often serving as a buffer between the quarterback and Holmgren, but Reid also helped him improve his understanding of the offense and his ability to read defenses.

Reid did such a good job that he went right from quarterbacks coach to head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998.

Mike Sherman also was a tight ends coach under Holmgren, replacing Reid in ‘96 and then was promoted to offensive coordinator when Holmgren left and took Sherman with him to Seattle. His next job was as head coach of the Packers.

Shurmur was Reid’s tight ends coach before being promoted to quarterbacks coach. From there, he became offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams and is now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

McAdoo was the first assistant coach McCarthy hired in ‘06, and he has done a very good job handling the Packers’ array of tight ends. His main project has been Jermichael Finley, but he also helped Andrew Quarless develop into a reliable blocker and Tom Crabtree into more than just a blocker.

On his Twitter account, Finley said, “Congrats to Coach McAdoo on being Name(d) the QB Coach, right coach for the Position. Now lets see who’s TE Coach?”

One possibility for McCarthy would be promoting assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg to fill McAdoo’s spot. He tutored under line coach James Campen and Philbin this past season and the transition to tight ends coach wouldn’t be that difficult.

Last updated: 7:45 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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