Bears general manager Phil Emery will be able interview Green Bay Packers coordinator Tom Clements for the Bears' head coaching vacancy.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Clements said the Bears have asked and received permission from the Packers to interview him.
In the past, the Packers have thwarted attempts by other teams to interview assistant coaches. But NFL rules prohibit teams from preventing coaches from interviewing for head coaching positions.
With the Packers hosting the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card round on Saturday, the interview will presumably take place next week.
NFL rules state assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that win their wild-card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of divisional playoff games (Jan. 12-13).
In February, the Packers promoted Clements from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator after Joe Philbin left for the Miami Dolphins. The Packers finished third in total offense in 2011 with Philbin. Under Clements, the Packers were 13th in total offense.