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Packers to target Pat Fitzgerald, Josh McDaniels in head-coach search, per report

The Packers will interview 10 or more candidates for their head-coaching vacancy with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and the New England Patriots’ Josh McDaniels at or near the top of the list.

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The Green Bay Packers have only begun the interview process for their next head coach, but already some names have surfaced for consideration. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team will conduct a “wide-ranging search with perhaps 10-12 candidates” with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and the New England Patriots’ Josh McDaniels named as targets.

Fitzgerald and McDaniels, both of which appeared in our list of the top five candidates from early December, have at least some ties to the Packers organization. Team president and CEO Mark Murphy hired Fitzgerald as head coach when the two worked for Northwestern during the mid-2000s. As for McDaniels, his name came up in connection with the San Francisco 49ers’ head-coaching job at a time when Brian Gutekunst, now running Green Bay’s personnel department, had become the front-runner for that team’s general-manager position.

Rapoport also reports that Joe Philbin, currently the Packers’ interim head coach, has little chance of receiving the full-time job even though the team will interview him. Given the issues the offense has dealt with all year, that comes as little surprise.

While Fitzgerald and McDaniels headline the list of targets, the Packers will interview many other candidates before settling on their next head coach.