Packers watch: Coaching candidates get interview requests

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers 100th season came to an end Sunday with a 31-0 shutout loss to the Detroit Lions. But rumors of the future came along with it.

On Monday, it was reported that the Packers will request interviews with Saints Assistant Head Coach Dan Campbell, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, and Titans Offensive Coordinator Matt LeFleur.

Jim McBride from the Boston Globe reported Sunday night the Packers are expected to request interviews from New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Brian Flores, who coaches the Patriots linebackers and is the "de facto defensive coordinator."

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote Sunday afternoon the Packers are “expected” to target Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald to be the team’s head coach.

Rapoport also noted the Packers plan on giving Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin an interview for the head coaching position but “it would be a surprise if he received the full-time job.”

Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy elevated Fitzgerald to head coach when Murphy was the Athletic Director at Northwestern. Fitzgerald will be coaching the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Monday evening when the Wild Cats face Utah.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that “no interview has been scheduled” due to Fitzgerald focusing on the bowl game.

The Chicago Tribune asked Fitzgerald about the rumors. His response: “Go Cats!” and “I don’t discuss rumors.”

Fitzgerald was asked again on Sunday about the Packers’ rumors.

He responded: “I thought (the Tribune) reported that over a month ago. I’ll reiterate my stance: I don’t talk about rumors, number one, and number two, hashtag Go Cats.”

The hiring process will consist of a “wide-ranging search” with 10-12 candidates coming in before narrowing it down to the final three for final interviews according to Rapoport.

There was also another nugget of information from NFL Network:

“Josh McDaniels, who has already built a relationship with GM Brian Gutekunst and is open to the right job, would be another possible candidate here.” Rapoport wrote.

The Packers have reportedly already interviewed former Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell and former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano.