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Cheese Curds, 12/12: Should the Packers Pursue Vic Fangio?

A Packers beat writer floats the possibility of Vic Fangio taking over as the Packers head coach.

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Dating back to Mike Holmgren, the Packers have shown a consistent preference for offensive-minded head coaches. Holmgren was a Bill Walsh disciple. Mike Sherman cut his teeth as an offensive line coach. Mike McCarthy coordinated offenses in New Orleans and San Francisco. Even interim coach Joe Philbin has been entirely focused on offense for the duration of his coaching career.

The only exception to this trend has been Ray Rhodes, and that’s all we need to say about that.

But in 2018, with the league trending more and more towards offense, maybe there’s something to be said for a defensive coach taking over as head coach. If the NFL is going to do all it can to tilt the field towards offense, maybe it no longer makes as much sense to devote significant resources to a side of the ball that the league is going out of its way to help. Perhaps teams — the Packers included — would be better served to spend their time and energy on defense.

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