Source: McCarthy may relinquish play calling

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on in the second quarter during Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

In the wake of an NFC championship game meltdown, a change in duties is apparently looming for the Green Bay Packers coaching staff.

A league source confirmed Packers coach Mike McCarthy is strongly considering relinquishing play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who would likely be given title of associate head coach. While Clements would call plays, receivers coach Edgar Bennett could be promoted to offensive coordinator, the league source confirmed.

Local radio station WDUZ-FM was first to report the potential change in duties Sunday afternoon.

The changes would be the next round of offseason adjustments following Green Bay's shocking, overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC title game last month.

Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum was fired Jan. 30. Assistant coach Ron Zook was retained and is the likely frontrunner to replace Slocum, but no replacement has been announced.

A play-calling transition is significant, given McCarthy's history in Green Bay. Since arriving in 2006, McCarthy has called plays in each season. Relinquishing those duties would make it easier for McCarthy to oversee game management, the most important game-day responsibility for a head coach.

Pete Dougherty contributed to this report

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