On the Packers' highly regarded assistants

Let's catch up on the status of the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff, which continues to be the subject of national and local reports as several teams attempt to round out their staff of assistants.

We noted that the Oakland Raiders wanted to interview secondary coach/cornerbacks Joe Whitt Jr. for their defensive coordinator position. It's not clear if the Packers granted permission, but ultimately the Raiders hired former Stanford assistant Jason Tarver for the position.

Tight ends coach Ben McAdoo has been pursued for several jobs, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, but the Packers have blocked him from two interviews. La Canfora reports that both the Miami Dolphins (coached by former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted to speak with him about their offensive coordinator jobs.

There had been some speculation that the Packers would promote McAdoo to offensive coordinator, but that job has gone to quarterbacks coach Tom Clements. The Packers haven't announced yet whether Clements will double as the quarterbacks coach as well. Regardless, you can add McAdoo to the list of Packers assistants who have built positive reputations around the league.

By my count, seven Packers assistants were either interviewed or pursued for promotions elsewhere this offseason. To this point, Philbin has been the only coach to depart.