It wasn't a surprising move, but the amount of time it took for Green Bay to announce the promotion of quarterbacks coach Tom Clements to its open offensive coordinator position was.
It doesn't matter now. Clements is their guy.
A man mentioned as a candidate for the Steelers open offensive coordinator position, Clements was endorsed by QB Aaron Rodgers, and has the respect of the franchise, by all accounts.
From the Packers official web site:
"I'm happy that it's happened and I'm happy for Joe that he's a head coach, and I'm glad I was able to step into his place," Clements told packers.com on Thursday. "I've been a coordinator before, only for a few years. I've always wanted to get back to doing that and thankful that it's here in Green Bay. I think it's a great opportunity. We have a young team. We've had success over the past couple of years. We still have a lot of room to grow and I'm happy to be a part of it.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said: "Tom has been an integral part of our success and our staff, making it an obvious decision to promote him to offensive coordinator. He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to continued offensive success in 2012."
The Steelers' offensive coordinator search continues, and even though it always seemed unlikely Clements would come back to the team he worked for from 2001-04, many felt he would have done well in Pittsburgh.