UPDATE: THE PACKERS HAVE REPORTEDLY SELECTED MATT LAFLEUR AS THE TEAM'S NEXT HEAD COACH. Click here for more details.
The 2018 season is finally over for the Green Bay Packers, who fired head coach Mike McCarthy with four weeks remaining. Packers team president Mark Murphy is leading the search and will make the final call on the hire, with general manager Brian Gutekunst playing a primary advisory role.
So far, the Packers have reportedly interviewed at least two candidates, both former Indianapolis Colts head coaches. Those two are Chuck Pagano and Jim Caldwell, who were both out of football in 2018 and were eligible for interviews immediately after McCarthy’s firing.
There are also a handful of individuals who are reportedly on the Packers’ radar and for whom the team intends to submit interview requests. At the top of that list are Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald — Murphy’s first hire back when he was Northwestern’s athletic director — and two assistant coaches from the New England Patriots. The Pats earned a bye in the playoffs, making their coaches eligible to interview with NFL teams during the week leading up to the Wild Card round of games.
Below is the full list of individuals whom the Packers have interviewed or for whom they have requested permission to do so. We’ll also bring you prominent rumors and connections involving the Packers. Keep it here for updates throughout the next few days and weeks as the team works towards a final decision.
- Jim Caldwell
- Chuck Pagano
- Joe Philbin — Jan. 2 (source)
- Josh McDaniels — Jan. 4 (source)
- Brian Flores — Jan. 4 (source)
- Dan Campbell — Jan. 5 (source)
- Pete Carmichael — Jan. 5 (source)
- Todd Monken — Jan. 5 (source)
- Matt LaFleur — Jan. 6 (source)
- Adam Gase — Jan. 6 (source)
Reported Interview Requests
- Pat Fitzgerald — Northwestern University head coach (full article)
- Josh McDaniels — New England Patriots offensive coordinator (source)
- Brian Flores — New England Patriots linebackers coach (source)
- Dan Campbell — New Orleans Saints tight-ends coach (source)
- Mike Munchak — Pittsburgh Steelers OL coach and former Titans HC (source)
- Matt LaFleur — Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator (source)
- Pete Carmichael — New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator (source)
Other Rumors and Reports
Adam Gase - former Dolphins head coach
Gase received his pink slip on the morning of Black Monday after three years as Miami’s head coach. The former Broncos and Bears offensive coordinator has since been mentioned by several sources as a potential Packers target — Broncos beat writer Troy Renck and Packers beat writer Ryan Wood said that they expect Green Bay to interview Gase in the near future, with FOX Sports 1’s Jason McIntyre saying he thinks Gase is instantly the Packers’ front-runner.
Eric Bieniemy - Chiefs offensive coordinator
While Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy has reportedly received interview requests from the Jets among other teams, the Packers apparently have not reached out, at least not yet. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Jim Owczarski says Green Bay has not requested permission to speak with Bieniemy. That, of course, could change as Packers brass meets with coaches.
Lincoln Riley - Oklahoma Sooners head coach
While the Packers and other NFL teams might want to interview Riley for their head-coaching vacancies, the Oklahoma headman has agreed to an extension that will keep him in Norman for the foreseeable future.
Pat Fitzgerald - Northwestern Wildcats head coach
Fitzgerald declared that he won’t leave Evanston in the moments following Monday’s Holiday Bowl, but the Packers still hope to interview him, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Whether they’ll get their wish remains unclear. UPDATE: On January 3, Fitzgerald’s agent announced that he will not interview for any NFL openings, including the Packers’.