Busy week awaits Packers' coaching search

-- A busy weekend awaits the Green Bay Packers' brass as they look to explore the handful of potential suitors for their vacant head coach position.

The team is scheduled to fly to New England on Friday to meet with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. McDaniels is believed by many to be their leading candidate at the moment and, according to a source, could have a deal in place with the Packers within two weeks. 

On Saturday, they'll follow up their meeting with McDaniels with a trip to New Orleans to interview Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell.

Both the Patriots and Saints, being top-seeded playoff teams, are currently on bye weeks before their first games are played next weekend in the divisional round. If the Packers want a second interview with either one of McDaniels or Campbell, they'd have to wait until their respective teams are knocked out of the postseason.

The Packers have also requested to interview with Tenessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, which will reportedly take place on Sunday, according to Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com.

The Packers' world tour won't conclude with two candidates. They've reached out to several, but according to Tom Silverstein of PackersNews.com, the team is "hopeful" that they'll be able to speak with Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald has made the most sense for the Packers to this point. In 2006, when current team President and CEO Mark Murphy was the athletic director at Northwestern, he promoted Fitzgerald to be the program's full-time head coach. He spent the previous five seasons primarily as a positional coach.

The Packers are hard-pressed to bring Fitzgerald in, but after the Wildcats' Holiday Bowl victory earlier this week, it could be for naught. Fitzgerald said publicly following the win that he isn't going anywhere.

Silverstein also noted that Murphy and Fitzgerald will speak with each other on Wednesday and determine whether or not there's an incentive to move forward with a full-fledged interview.

The team's current interim head coach, Joe Philbin, is also expected to interview with his team and offer his pitch sometime this week. Philbin went 2-2 at the reins, taking over after his predecessor, Mike McCarthy, was relieved of his duties on Dec. 2.

New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak and Tennesee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur are confirmed names tied to the Packers' coaching search, but ones without scheduled interviews.

The Packers have already interviewed with Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano, two former Indianapolis Colts coaches.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Houndog's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:13 am

On another post someone questioned whether or not a team or potential assistant coaches could trust McDaniels' decision(s) as he might bolt back to New England in a year (or a week, or a day) or two! I agree!
With that said, I have to ask, who can trust Murphy?
As this and other post(s) are reporting, the Packers continue to pursue Fitzgerald despite his announcement that he's staying at Northwestern. How does that look to the other candidates that are scheduled to interview?
To me it looks like Magic "Power Monger" Mark already has his mind made up!
Now, will other candidates (with NFL experience) take their interviews serious knowing they're likely a 'second choice', or will they interview elsewhere first (while Murphy kisses Fitzgerald's a$$) and take a good offer before we get a chance?
I know how I'd lean!

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Bure9620's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:55 am

Most College coaches do this bravado. It is to ease the mind of their 17-18 year old recruits, especially the group of 5 schools. These coaches claim they will never coach elsewhere and a week later they bolt to a power 5 school.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:21 am

" How does that look to the other candidates that are scheduled to interview?"

If they where that thin skinned they wouldn't be candidates for an NFL HC position.

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Since'61's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:37 am

Murphy wanting to bring in Fitzgerald just smacks of on going cronyism in the Packers FO. It's time to get the best candidate for HC, not the CEO's friend.

I hope Fitzgerald stays at Northwestern. We need a professional HC not a wanna be professional HC.

If Fitzgerald is as good as he is alleged to be is he being pursued by any other NFL teams or just by Murphy? Looks like another reason to chuck Murphy IMO. Thanks, Since '61

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Bure9620's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:49 am

Not this year, but he has been pursued in the past by the Bears and 2 or 3 other teams, I forget which, but he always declined to interview.

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Since'61's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:52 am

Bure, I appreciate the feedback. Hopefully Fitzgerald will continue to decline interviews wit the Packers. Thanks, Since '61

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packerbackerjim's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:59 am

I hope and think Murphy is just trying to do his pal a favor, to let Northwestern know he is valued, maybe get an extension and a bump in pay. I don’t believe he is a serious HC candidate.

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Since'61's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:04 am

That is an interesting take on the situation and makes sense.
Thanks, Since '61

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dobber's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:35 am

Fitzgerald just got a huge contract extension in 2017.

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GVPacker's picture

January 02, 2019 at 08:57 am

Since'61 This reminds me of the Chip Kelly frenzy years ago! We all know how that turned out LOL! Looks like Bears DC Vic Fangio is getting some attention now but I don't think Alfred E Newman (Mark Murphy) is interested.

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flackcatcher's picture

January 02, 2019 at 02:35 pm

I been saying this around here for a while. But with Murphy's contract ending, who will make the final call on the hiring of a new head coach. I have no idea on who's voice will be heard at 1265. Logically, I think the executive committee will make the call with Murphy's lame duck status in mind, but which voices are they listening to inside 1265. Interesting question.....

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stockholder's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:46 am

Their love affair with Fitzgerald is ridicules. MM is starting to get offers. He'll take everyone with him. So Why the Love affair with Fitzgerald? You need someone that can get a good staff. No Good Free Agent is going to come to Green Bay unless they want to win. DOES MURPHY WANT TO WIN OR JUST SHUT THE PRESS UP.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:24 am

"He'll take everyone with him."

Only the ones the Packers fire. Almost all of those assistants are under contract.

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stockholder's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:45 am

They won't hold them. Not when loyalty is elsewhere. You saw what happened to Moss when he spoke out. Management is afraid!

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Bure9620's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:50 am

I think they offer McDaniels Friday at the interview.

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Since'61's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:53 am

Works for me!!! Thanks, Since '61

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Bure9620's picture

January 02, 2019 at 08:16 am

Until he backs out at the 11th and a half hour, Haha. I really hope that does not happen, I would be fine with McDaniels so long as he honors his commitment and his word.

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dobber's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:34 am

It seems to have worked out well for the Colts...

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Pilprin's picture

January 02, 2019 at 08:19 am

It will be interesting to see if McDaniels wants the job and goes after it in the interview or interviews in a passive way. Often times, a coach who really wants to be HC knocks the sock off the interviewers and gets the job.

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John Kirk's picture

January 02, 2019 at 08:50 am

McDaniels has had guys who are willing to work for him, in Green Bay, since MM got fired.

This is McDaniels job to lose. He's the Packers guy. Not a single question in my mind this is who they're after and desire.

As long as money and issues of control are settled, I have little doubt Josh McDaniels is the next coach of the Green Bay Packers as long as he doesn't flake again and it doesn't sound like he will.

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Lare's picture

January 02, 2019 at 01:43 pm

The handwriting was on the wall for McCarthy last offseason. Perhaps Gutekunst made a call to his friend McDaniels then and said "Before you commit to the Colts, I have an offer you may be interested in....."

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Free agent's picture

January 02, 2019 at 04:34 pm

Never knew Gutekunst and McDaniels were friends, learned something new today.

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TXCHEESE's picture

January 02, 2019 at 08:55 am

If McDaniels becomes coach, I'm changing teams after 50+ years. He was a train wreck in Denver, and the only thing he brings from NE, is how to run rub routes and skirt league rules. He has learned from the best in those two areas. Won't it be exciting to watch Aaron throw 40, five-yard passes a game, with an occasional end around, and pass chucked down the sidelines.

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John Kirk's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:05 am

I understand your sentiment. I'd do the same if Fitzgerald or LaFleur got the gig and go be a Green Bay South fan (Cleveland).

Concerned for you because I think McDaniels is undoubtedly "Plan A" and it sounds like the Packers are his "Plan A" also.

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dobber's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:47 am

I would argue that innovation frequently comes from stretching rules. Why have Packer OL been graded so highly as pass-blockers the last several years? They've mastered what amounts to a 'grabbing/hugging' technique that lives on the edge of legality. The other NFCN teams hate them for it...and for getting away with it.

"the only thing he brings from NE, is how to run rub routes....Won't it be exciting to watch Aaron throw 40, five-yard passes a game, with an occasional end around, and pass chucked down the sidelines."

This is what people here have been screaming for the last couple years!!! Scheme WR open, and take what the defense gives you. If it leads to Packer wins and productive offense then yes, it will be exciting!

IN EDIT: I think Badger offense is exciting. Why? Because they win with it.

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John Kirk's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:08 am

Yup. Packers OL cheats and has for several years now. That's how we can get away with scrubs at the position and guys like Bulaga and Bakhtiari look better than they actually are. I thought Tretter was a better C than Linsley and offered versatility he didn't but no need to pay Tretter when you teach that tactic Campen does. It's called the reach technique if memory serves. It has a name but I might be wrong.

The Ravens offense is boring to me, but they win and if i was a Ravens fan I'd love it. Just win. It doesn't matter if it's 3 yards and a cloud of dust or 50 yard bombs. Just win.

And Dobs, I disagree on Badgers offense. Boring and they don't win with it. That's why they're never in the CFP. "Winning" the majority of your regular season games in college football isn't very impressive. Gotta win them all or only lose one if you want to be with the big boys and the Badgers have never been with the big boys. Get a QB for crying out loud. The Hornibrooks of the world are embarrassing to watch.

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dobber's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:28 am

I'll be honest: in a world of gimmicky offenses and isolation-type "the NBA has invaded football" schemes, teams that buckle down and beat on each other still appeal to me.

Still--I agree with you: when you trot out the Hornibrooks and other duds at QB that we've seen in recent years, you're limiting yourself to ONLY playing 4.9-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust football. There's no other option. There's no threat of opening things up. I would argue this--even when they've coupled ball control with outstanding defenses--is the reason they're never undefeated or a one-loss team, and not in the CFP. At some point, someone is going to make you play from behind. And these teams typically can't do it.

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flackcatcher's picture

January 02, 2019 at 02:23 pm

Hornibook was fine in the system Wisconsin runs, then he got concussed. The difference before and after was shocking, why Crist did not pull the kid sooner is something that needs to be answered. Whatever happened is not only football ending for Hornibook this year, but may end his playing days all together. And this could be life threatening giving the way Wisconsin is handling it. A grim reminder of how dangerous this game is.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:26 am

"If McDaniels becomes coach, I'm changing teams after 50+ years."

Wow what a true fan! Go away then. In fact, go away either way.

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GoPackGo99's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:55 am

TXCheese.....Outstanding! We have been trying to push people of the Packer bandwagon for years....no room here for the wishy/washy. Tried and true only please. I believe Oakland is looking for a fan or 2....good luck!

I don't care if they hire huckleberry fin himself to coach......just turn in 10-11 wins a year, don't look like a complete dumpster fire when the camera pans to you, and give us a shot to win the Bowl every year. THATS the guy I want.

PS- how Saweet would Antonio Brown look in Green/Gold?!?!

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January 03, 2019 at 07:07 am

I've been a Packer fan since I was old enough to be able to understand what I was watching, or about 53 years. I'll be a Packer fan forever, no matter what happens. Go! Pack! Go!

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Chris Vachio's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:18 am

I don't understand the infatuation with McDaniels. The New England offense was just about the same while he was gone coaching in Denver, so it's clear he wasn't the magic behind the offense. The bullshit with the Colts last year just adds to the dislike.

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edp1959's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:27 am

Just maybe he read the writing on the wall last year and wanted to make sure he was available for this opportunity.

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dobber's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:45 am

I suspect it also had something to do with Andrew Luck's questionable status. Sure, he had Jacoby Brissett in NE and won a couple games with him, but that's a hard path to run for 16 games.

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John Kirk's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:39 am

I'm not infatuated with him. I don't care for him at all. What I do like is the Brady/Rodgers thing that has raged for years about who is better and if Rodgers had only gotten to play in New England he'd have as many or more rings than Brady.

Of course, Belichick isn't coming with McDaniels so it's not the same, but it's as close as we'll ever get to see and I want to see it. Let's see if Rodgers is just amazing in a McDaniels offense.

Magic Mark has Patriots-envy saying we were close to as good as them a few years back. Rodgers has always looked up to Brady and Brian has a relationship with McDaniels. McDaniels had guys willing to come with him should he get the GB gig, and it's one he wants. The stars are all aligned for him to be the next HC of the Packers.

I don't like him but it'll be fun to watch. The most fun thing is will those assistants he has that were to follow him actually going to follow him? He could get here and have those assistants bail on him like he bailed on his assitants last year. Lots of great theater comes with McDaniels.

No question he'll be a "fit" because he's Brian's buddy.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:28 am

I don't understand either of the extreme emotions around McDaniels.

Personally, I like Dan Campbell. We'll see what happens.

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Bert's picture

January 02, 2019 at 06:49 pm

Same here jjbrown. The more I read about Campbell the more I like him. He's had experience as a player under Parcells, an interim HC at Miami, interned under Peyton for the last three years at NO and seems to have the right mindset for a good leader.

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Bert's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:34 am

One thing for sure is Murphy and Gute gotta get this one right. 2-3 years of spinning our wheels will pretty much close the window on the AR era. Kind of a tough spot for new HC too knowing he has about 2-3 years to hit the jackpot. I can see where openings like CLE, NY, AZ may be more appealing where you would have some time to build around a young QB.

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dobber's picture

January 02, 2019 at 09:56 am

"Kind of a tough spot for new HC too knowing he has about 2-3 years to hit the jackpot."

But if McDaniels is the raging jackass he has, at times, come off as, this kind of challenge might be right up his alley. These candidates aren't going to be ignorant of the expectations, and I think it plays to the ego of some of them.

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January 02, 2019 at 01:23 pm

I would imagine a fairly hefty majority of people with the ambition and qualification to interview for a NFL HC job don't shy away from challenges. Anyone that doesn't feel & embrace the pressure to win immediately is the wrong man for the job anyways. That goes for every NFL HC vacancy ever, really.

That also goes for the notion that candidates might shy away from working with Rodgers that I've seen floated. Coaches are notorious for believing they have the secret sauce to fix whatever ails a player. The guy that doesn't think he can get it done with one of the best QBs in the game probably won't even be getting any interviews.

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John Kirk's picture

January 02, 2019 at 02:43 pm

If your theory is correct, Mike McCarthy is a guy who doesn't want challenges.

He's being "very picky" as has been reported and is willing to go to coach Mayfield or Darnold. I think NY interview is just to jack up his price with Browns.

Turned down an interview request in Arizona where I thought he had some connection, but I can't find it right now.

My belief is he doesn't want to work with the painfully unlikable Rosen when he can work with two ascending players in Darnold and Mayfield. He might be considering NY, also, because they've got money to burn on a HC.

Sure, any coach is going bring bravado to any job they take but I think it's wrong to think they don't assess situations beforehand and decide which one is most conducive to their success. Hence, Rodgers can be looked at as a negative or positive to ones success depending on perspective. Knowing what he knows now about Rodgers, I doubt he'd want to interview here had he never coached here.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 02, 2019 at 03:12 pm

Yeah, that's the argument I was pre-buting. We've all seen it lots. Aaron Rodgers is negative factor for the Packers. It's a take so hot, it steams.

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John Kirk's picture

January 02, 2019 at 03:16 pm

I didn't say he was a negative factor or a positive one merely that perspective determines desire to coach here.

Why did Arians say he had no interest in an interview here?

Some may find Rodgers highly attractive and others might see him as a major deterrent and anywhere in between.

Saying he's a positive for sure is fanboy perspective.

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January 02, 2019 at 07:14 pm

That's the point, tho. Desire to coach the Packers is a major factor. Anyone that doesn't want to be the HC of the Packers, for whatever reason, is someone that won't do the job well. That includes but it certainly is not limited to them not wanting to work with Rodgers.

There are lots of fish in the ocean. Just pick another.

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John Kirk's picture

January 03, 2019 at 07:23 am

What kinds of questions do you think potential candidates are being asked and asking?'

Aaron Rodgers has to be one of the main, if not the main, conversation topic.

There's no way somebody is taking this job without being asked about him or asking about him or likely both.

None of these guys is going to show weakness or that they're unsure of themselves but each will harbor there own level of doubt that they'll never show to Murphy and Brian.

Rodgers is polarizing. You can't just look at some of his past results and say you want to work with that guy. He's not perceived as coachable for a reason.

McDaniels is the one guy who we know for sure knows how to handle a mega star. None of the rest do outside of Caldwell and some could say Pete Carmichael Jr. with Brees but he'd be like hiring Sherman Lewis. Just not going to happen and I'm confused as to why they're interviewing him?

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sonomaca's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:17 am

McDaniels has a strong personality. He, like Belichick, seeks full control. The Packers aren’t structured that way. Power is more disbursed.

You’re asking that he accept Gute’s personnel moves, takes Rodgers’ input, and appeal to Murphy when disputes arise.

I don’t think it can work.

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Bure9620's picture

January 02, 2019 at 10:28 am

Here are my reservations with McDaniels. He is a dynamic playcaller, he is a good offensive mind and he will likely challenge Rodgers and give him new concepts, schemes to get recievers open, this is all positive. But to be a true CEO, you have to be a leader and actually a delegator as well. He is not. You need players to believe you and respect you. He is not a leader of men.

Just look at the best coaches in this franchises history. Holmgren was a leader of men. Vince Lombardi was a leader of men. So was McCarthy, his message just got stale. They were all leaders of men that commanded respect. (I have heard Curly Lambeau was as well, but also an ass)

The NFL will start to change to slow these offenses, you're already seeing the beginning signs if this with the Rams, McVays offense is not nearly as potent as it was earlier in the season. Teams figure this out. He is no longer the shiny new toy. Heck, McCarthy's vertical passing offense was kiling defenses in the beginning. This is why I value a leader of men above Rodgers getting his new exciting offense. The glitz wears off, Leaders do not.

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January 02, 2019 at 10:40 am

This is where Fitzgerald fits as a candidate. I think this is what he brings to the table. I think he exudes class, toughness, and leadership. He's never been a coordinator. To my knowledge, he's never called plays. I don't know how he'll fare as an NFL coach and how he'll play to an NFL locker room, but I believe he brings those things with him and that's why he's on the radar.

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January 02, 2019 at 11:34 am

Completely agree

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packergal's picture

January 02, 2019 at 03:51 pm

"He exudes class, toughness, and leadership"...

Hello Dobber:

Agree with you on Fitzgerald but FYI...he stated just now on a Chicago radio station that he is staying put and loves NW.

Therefore, if he is out...what about Dave Toub, Dan Campbell and Mike Munchak?

In your opinion, which of these candidates have the required character traits?

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January 02, 2019 at 04:54 pm

I really couldn't tell you right off. I know Fitzgerald because I follow Big fourTEeN football. I would think less of him at this stage if he reversed course and interviewed. Campbell and Munchak get recognition for being more hard-nosed guys. I think many of Campbell's players in Miami lobbied for him to stay, despite that fact. Give Munchak credit for standing up for his coaches in Tennessee when management wanted him to fire several...but is that blind loyalty or character? Toub is largely an unknown to me except for the fact that people keep bringing him up. That's what I know.

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Lare's picture

January 02, 2019 at 01:55 pm

"But to be a true CEO, you have to be a leader and actually a delegator as well. He is not. You need players to believe you and respect you. He is not a leader of men."

The only people that could know how he delegates and leads are his fellow coaches and players. Just wondering if you could provide links to any articles with quotes from any of them. Thanks.

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Bure9620's picture

January 02, 2019 at 07:07 pm

Lare from Jason Hirschborn's article on McDaniels

"Hiring McDaniels certainly carries risk. He famously flamed out as Denver Broncos head coach during his early 30s, lasting less than two full seasons on the job. McDaniels, who had a hand in the team’s personnel decisions, made several disastrous moves such as trading away a first-round pick in order to move up in the second round for undersized corner Alphonso Smith and burning another first-rounder on Tim Tebow. McDaniels also struggled with delegation, preferring to do nearly everything himself. That approach caused issues within his coaching staff and on game day. And, of course, McDaniels appeared to have an agreement in place to take over the Indianapolis Colts last offseason before changing his mind at the 11th hour."

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January 02, 2019 at 10:56 am

If you were a GM, and you wanted to win in 2019 with Aaron Rodgers, would it make more sense to :

A) Get a college guy with no NFL experience and no relationship with Aaron Rodgers and then require him to learn a new system, new terminology, etc.

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B) Hire an experienced NFL coach who has a good relationship with Rodgers and a system that Rodgers is familiar with?

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Lare's picture

January 02, 2019 at 12:22 pm

The only person that meets your B definition is Philbin. Sorry, but I've seen enough of the only system that Rodgers is familiar with.

I'll go with C) An experienced NFL coach who is a good leader with an OC, DC and STC with effective schemes.

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January 02, 2019 at 05:43 pm

I'll cast my vote for C.1

Seems like at this time of year the general sentiment in the NFL for those teams affected is a change was/is needed, but there is a strong desire for the hire to be familiar with some success. For every Andy Reid there's a Lovie Smith, or so it would appear.

It's hard for me to get behind any of the Hooded One's disciples based on their NFL history when standing on their own, believe the overall is around 40% win vs loss collectively and zero above 50%. Not saying it will never happen but hard to see the current crop out of Gillette righting that ship anytime soon.

I can see MM being very successful with immediate impact with the right team, hope the good folks on Lombardi Avenue can find ours in the fashion of past success ala Reid (strange how close his record the last two years in Philly stacks up agsinst our last two with McCarthy)

Would love to see to see Rodgers in Koetter's system and Mike Smith as HC, go back and really look at the Falcon's offensive numbers during the Smith regime. Won't happen of course, but that is a duo that has certainly delivered in the past.

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John Kirk's picture

January 02, 2019 at 06:25 pm

Hey Stickfish...

One thing that should make you feel better... I, too, have been concerned about the success of the Belichick tree. Remember back when Rodgers was drafted? He was a Tedford QB. Tedford QBs had done nothing but fail mightily in the NFL, and that played a role in Rodgers dropping as far as he did.

Obviously, that worked out well. None of Bill's guys have done well but some think McDaniels is ready to be a "rockstar" in his 2nd stint. Belichick sure was, so maybe Belichick guys need TWO cracks at it like their mentor to get things right? Or...maybe, they just needed the QB in place. Josh would have Rodgers... let's just hope if he's the guy, and I think he is, that he's getting good Aaron and not bad.

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January 02, 2019 at 01:04 pm

I don't for one second fret about Rodgers learning a "new system". It's all about reading defenses and understanding which route/player is going to be the best chance of success. He's been doing that for a decade now.

He's certainly smart enough to digest new terminology and understand how different route concepts are meant to attack opposing defenses.

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January 02, 2019 at 02:14 pm

I agree completely Hank.

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dobber's picture

January 02, 2019 at 04:56 pm

I actually think a mental challenge of this sort might help to ground him more.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 02, 2019 at 05:30 pm

Of course you don't fret about stuff like that, Hank, because you aren't looking at it from the perspective of a guy with a multi-million $$$ contract who is making decisions for a business that does about a half-billion $$$ in business a year and has hundred....perhaps thousands....of people as well working for the organization.

I am just going to ask this question, and then I'll drop it, I promise:

Is there anybody on this board who thinks it is possible that when Gutekunst interviewed for the job with Murphy, that Murphy might have asked him "If hired, what is your plan?"

And did/does Gutekunst have a plan, or is he just perpetually reacting to events, like the dysfunctional McCarthy/Rodgers relationship, the score of the Lions game, and things like that?

Apparently, I'm the only one here who thinks that it is entirely possible that Gutekunst had a plan and that these people who he brought on board like Philbin and Pettine and Graham and Williams and all the draft guys.....are all guys he wants around for more than one season. He (needlessly) extended Rodgers deal....for a reason. He got rid of Capers and McCarthy and Moss.

OK. I'll put on my tinfoil hat and be quiet about this now.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

January 02, 2019 at 08:53 pm

Lol imagine Old School wearing a tinfoil hat rocking back and forth in the corner chanting to himself.

Gute has a plan
Gute has a plan
Gute has a plan

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Bert's picture

January 02, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Whoever becomes HC I hope they don't wear a dorky visor.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

January 02, 2019 at 02:15 pm

Would a fannypack be better?

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Bure9620's picture

January 02, 2019 at 02:57 pm

Haha yes it would

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CDC Dave Retired's picture

January 02, 2019 at 05:29 pm

Eric Bieniemy

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albert999's picture

January 02, 2019 at 08:48 pm

Longtime Saints OC Pete Carmichael Jr. is scheduled to interview with the Packers on Saturday, per source. I believe @JasonLaCanfora was the first to report Packers' interest in Carmichael. ... Three teams (GB, AZ, CLE) also requested interviews with Saints TE coach Dan Campbell.

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KneelYoung's picture

January 02, 2019 at 11:04 pm

New mojo....new juice... new energy... new schemes...new voice.... Josh or Dan or Pete or Lefleur would be a good choices.

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PAPackerbacker's picture

January 03, 2019 at 07:20 am

It's not who the new coach is that matters as much as what the new coach can do for the success of the Packers. Did anyone really think McCarthy was the right choice years ago when he became the new coach? The Packers organization did and it was the right decision at the time. Let the process begin and hope the new coach is successful, no mater who he is.

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