Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels.
- The Packers are looking for a new head coach after firing Mike McCarthy during the season.
- Interim head coach Joe Philbin has decent odds to return at +352, but Josh McDaniels (+200) is the favorite for the job.
- Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur (+604) is also in the running, as he is set to interview with Green Bay on Sunday.
Mike McCarthy is out of Green Bay and the Packers are looking for someone new to make the best out of the latter stages of Aaron Rodgers’ career.
The Packers are coming off their second consecutive losing season, and have made it to the conference championship game just twice in eight seasons since winning the Super Bowl in 2010. Though that may be an achievement for some teams, it’s a bit underwhelming when you consider they have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
Joe Philbin, who took over for McCarthy as the interim coach, has fairly decent odds to return as head coach next season, but not the best.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is the favorite.
Speaking of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, McDaniels knows a thing or two about them. McDaniels has been a part of all five Super Bowl victories with the Patriots and will be sought after by many of the teams with vacancies. This was of course the case last year, too, but he returned to New England in an odd fashion after agreeing to coach the Colts.
McDaniels is also supposedly interested in the Browns, which may be a more attractive landing spot.
Browns > Packers?!? Well, maybe not for the next couple of seasons while Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best quarterbacks, but if he’s thinking more long term, Green Bay may not be his top choice.
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If McDaniels doesn’t opt for the Packers, Philbin could be a backup plan. He’s not exactly seen as a candidate for other openings so the Packers could always bring him back if they strike out elsewhere. Though Philbin only coached four games, he was in their system from 2003 to 2011 and was the offensive coordinator when they won the Super Bowl.
The only other individual with shorter than 10-1 odds is Matt LaFleur — offensive coordinator for the Titans. He was the Rams OC in 2017 and the Falcons QB coach from 2015-2016 when Matt Ryan won MVP and Atlanta went to the Super Bowl. He’s set to interview on Sunday.
The Packers have also interviewed Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano, while Brian Flores, Brian Campbell and Mike Munchak are all on their list.