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NFC North Rundown, 1/16: Coaching searches abound within the division

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The division’s first order of business in the offseason is finalizing missing staff pieces that will be roaming the sidelines in 2019.

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It has been a heck of a ride over the past week as the Green Bay Packers named a new head coach and began to fill other open roles on staff.

With Matt LaFleur announced as the organization’s 15th head coach, Green Bay moved swiftly to retain Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator and add Nathaniel Hackett as the new offensive coordinator. With the Packers in need of several new assistants, including on the offensive line and among the wide receivers, a slew of further announcements are expected to be made in the coming weeks.

Of course, Green Bay is not the only NFC North competitor on the assistant coaching prowl. Coordinator changes are in the air for each team, especially for the Chicago Bears who lost several defensive assistants to the AFC West.

More updates on the divisional coaching searches in and out of Chicago form today’s rundown.

Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator search: Answering your questions

The names circulating around Detroit in the past week have landed elsewhere. Here is a look at where the Lions go from here and when a decision can be expected.

Former Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell to join Miami Dolphins staff

After interviewing for the Packers’ vacant head coaching position earlier this offseason, Caldwell accepted a new position with Miami as an advisor. He will officially return to the NFL in 2019.

Report: Former Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter to interview with Cardinals

One of the best assistant coach names in the NFL may be on his way to the desert after departing from Detroit.


Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Add Gary Kubiak As Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Adviser

The former Denver Broncos Super Bowl-winning head coach moves to the Twin Cities to take on an advising role for a transitioning offense.

Minnesota Vikings add another new coach to their 2019 staff

On top of Gary Kubiak and his son Klint joining the Vikings’ staff, Brian Pariani was hired to lead the tight ends.

Kevin Stefanski returning to Vikings as offensive coordinator

Last but not least, Minnesota moved quickly to name a new offensive leader, retaining its interim offensive coordinator since Week 15.


Chicago Bears

Chuck Pagano replaces Vic Fangio as Bears’ defensive coordinator

With Fangio leaving to take the head coaching job of the Denver Broncos, the Bears filled the position with a former head coach in Pagano.

Ed Donatell leaving Bears to be Broncos defensive coordinator under Vic Fangio

A former Packer defensive coordinator will be following Fangio to Denver to serve as the leader of the Broncos’ defense after coaching the Bears’ defensive backs last season.

Broncos hire another Bears assistant in Brandon Staley

The Fangio influence is in full effect, as Chicago lost another defensive staff member - its outside linebackers coach - to the Mile High City.