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Cheese Curds, 12/27: Let’s relax about the Packers’ interviews of Pagano & Caldwell

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A pair of former Colts coaches were in Green Bay recently, but don’t get too worried about one of them getting the vacant head coaching job.

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Reports came out about the Green Bay Packers’ first two interviewees for their vacant head coaching job on Wednesday, and it seems that the reaction from fans was a unanimous “ugh.” Indeed, Chuck Pagano and Jim Caldwell are not young, exciting candidates, and both were fired by their previous teams a year ago.

But in today’s curds, let’s look at why it makes sense for the team to talk to these two. First, their options are limited at this point, at least in terms of coaches currently working in the NFL. That alone takes out a large pool of individuals who might be possibilities later on in this process. People like Josh McDaniels are not eligible to interview until at the earliest the postseason, with exact timing depending on their teams’ playoff seeding and success.

Meanwhile, the team certainly could have interviewed some college coaches during those individuals’ breaks before bowl games. However, with the early signing day taking place last week, any coaches they did talk to would want to keep their interviews as quiet as possible to avoid scaring recruits away.

Thus, Pagano and Caldwell are probably some of the better unemployed options for the Packers to talk to at this point. If nothing else, they may be guinea pigs for the Packers as they define what the interview and evaluation process looks like for Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst.

Just don’t get too worried about either of them coaching the Packers in 2019.

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Both former Colts coaches interviewed already, which makes sense since they are currently unemployed and are free to talk to any team. Pagano hired Joe Philbin after he was fired in Miami, while Caldwell is a native of Beloit.

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Those interviews aren't moving the needle much for Packers fans, judging from the general reactions on social media. However, the league's rules about who can interview and when are worth remembering when we see names like this come across the wire. Also, I think a provision here may apply to Reggie McKenzie, who resigned from his position before his contract ran out; the Packers may need to ask the Raiders' approval before interviewing him.

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Kumerow has spent a pair of stints on injured reserve and was mostly a practice squad player until this season, and specifically the last few games. Now he has a touchdown under his belt -- a 49-yarder to boot -- after starting Sunday's game, the first start of his career.

Tight end Robert Tonyan gives Packers a glimpse of his potential | Packersnews.com
Big Bob converted a fourth and one with a big 11-yard reception while lined up in Jimmy Graham's normal spot. That play in particular suggests that Aaron Rodgers is gaining trust in him as he develops his game.

Packers submit unsuccessful waiver claim on S D.J. Swearinger | Packers Wire
It's good to see that Brian Gutekunst was interested in Swearinger, who has bounced around with four teams in his brief NFL career but settled into a good role and good play for Washington. However, Arizona -- one of the teams Swearinger played for previously -- had the top waiver ranking and they got him instead.

US explorer Colin O'Brady completes first unaided, solo traverse of Antarctica | The Guardian
This Portland native did something that is either completely awesome or complete insane, depending on your point of view: he made it 930 miles across Antarctica by himself while pulling a sled with 350 pounds of gear the whole time.