The Green Bay Packers are in the process of interviewing coaching candidates. Here are some of the names that have been interviewed, or are viewed as strong candidates.
Perhaps the fan-favorite and most well-known of the Packers' coaching candidates is New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels. Despite being a five-time Super Bowl Champion in New England, McDaniels does not come without his baggage. In 2010, he was named the youngest coach in NFL history. That year, his Denver Broncos started 3-9 and McDaniels was fired. Last year, he accepted a head coaching position for the Indianapolis Colts and then backed out a few days later. The 42-year-old McDaniels has already turned down an interview with the Cincinnati Bengals for their head coaching vacancy and will only interview with the Packers, according to reports. The interview will take place on January 4. Elsa/Getty Images
Matt LaFluer is the current Offensive Coordinator for the Tennesse Titans. The 39-year-old has been in the NFL since 2008, but has never held a head coach position. In 2017, LaFLuer worked with the Los Angeles Rams under Sean McVay. Many consider McVay to be a top coach in the NFL, especially offensively. LaFLuer also worked for Notre Dame in 2014, the year back-up QB DeShone Kizer was red-shirted. Perhaps his greatest achievement in the NFL was as the Atlanta Falcon's QB coach. He helped lead Matt Ryan to his most productive year to date, which helped the team reach the Super Bowl as well. He spent time with the Houston Texans and and the Washington Redskins. According to reports, LaFluer will be interviewed on Jan. 6 by the Packers.
Vic Fangio is the the Defensive Coordinator for the NFC North rival Chicago Bears. The 60-year-old has been a defensive coach in the NFL since 1986, with the exception of 2010 where he spent the year as the Defensive Coordinator at Stanford University. After he was hired by the Bears in 2015, he took the 30th ranked defense that year and turned it into the league's best defense 3 years later. A team lead by Aaron Rodgers calling offensive plays and Fangio rebuilding the defense could spell great success for Green Bay in the coming years.
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael, Jr. of the New Orleans Saints in the longest tenured OC in the NFL. He has been with the Saints since 2006, taking over as Offensive Coordinator in 2009. The next year, Carmichael Jr, Sean Payton and Drew Brees lead the organization to a Super Bowl title. Although he has never held an NFL head coaching position, he has had a lot of success in New Orleans. In 2018, the Saints had arguably the best offense in the league. According to reports, Carmichael Jr. will be interviewed Jan. 5 by the Packers. Sean Gardner/Getty Images
Brian Flores is the New England Patriots' Linebackers coach and has been with the organization since he entered the NFL in 2004. Although he is not the team's DC, he took over play-calling abilities after the departure of Matt Patricia. Flores is an underrated candidate, but is being approached by several NFL teams in need of a head coach in 2019. According to reports, the Packers will interview Flores on January 4. Elsa/Getty Images
Dan Campbell is the currently the Assistant Head Coach and Tight Ends Coach for the New Orleans Saints. Unlike a few of the other head coaching candidates, Campbell has head coaching experience. He took over as the Miami Dolphins Head Coach in 2010, after current Packers Head Coach, Joe Philbin, was fired. Campbell has been with the Saints since 2016, but has received head coaching interest from teams around the league. The Packers will interview Campbell on January 5, according to reports. Chris Trotman/Getty Images
According to reports, the Packers have already interviewed former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. In his six seasons with the Colts, Pagano posted a 53-43 record. Pagano has ties to the Packers organization as he hired Mike Pettine, Packers current Defensive Coordinator, when they were both on the Baltimore Ravens staff. He also hired Joe Philbin to be the Colts Offensive Line Coach and Assistant Head Coach. Michael Reaves/Getty Images
If you can't beat them , join them, right? Former Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell came very close to making the playoffs and winning the NFC North a couple times as head coach, but was ultimately defeated by the Packers each time. Caldwell has already been interviewed by the Packers, according to reports. The 63-year-old has had a lot of success in the NFL, posting a 62-50 record. In his first season as an NFL head coach, his Colts started 14-0 and made it all the way to the Super Bowl, losing 31-17. The two-time Super Bowl Champion did not coach in the NFL this season, after being fired by the Lions after their 2017 campaign. Leon Halip/Getty Images
Current Packers Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin was promoted to head coach after the firing of Mike McCarthy. Philbin has been in the NFL since 2003, where he entered as the Packers Assistant Offensive Line Coach. As a head coach in the NFL, Philbin has posted a 26-30 record and has never reached the postseason. He helped Green Bay win the Super Bowl in 2010 as the team's Offensive Coordinator. It is unknown whether the team has already interviewed Philbin, but it was reported that the interview would occur January 2 or 3. Stacy Revere/Getty Images
Although seen as unlikely, the Packers are hoping to talk to current Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald about being their head coach. Fitzgerald's Wildcats just won the Holiday Bowl and lost to Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship game. Fitzgerald has dodged questions about interviewing with the Packers, adding he's "proud to be a Wildcat." Fitzgerald is 96-70 in 13 seasons as the head coach at Northwestern. On Thursday, it was announced Fitzgerald would not be interviewing for any NFL head coaching job, including the Packers. Joe Robbins/Getty Images