GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The search for the Green Bay Packers fifteenth head coach in team history started early this season after the team fired Mike McCarthy following its loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13.
That search now includes interviews of two former NFL head coaches, according to reports.
Former Colts and Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell interviewed with the Packers, according to Pro Football Talk.
Per multiple sources, former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell has interviewed for the coaching vacancy in Green Bay.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 26, 2018
Caldwell, who was born in Beloit, Wis., was an NFL head coach for seven years. He took over the Colts in 2009 after previously serving as offensive coordinator, and led Indianapolis to the Super Bowl that season where they lost to the Saints. He and the Colts made one more postseason appearance. He led the Lions to the playoffs twice in his 4 years. He has also won two Super Bowls as an offensive coordinator, with the Colts in 2006, and the Ravens in 2012.
According to the Journal Sentinel, the Packers have also interviewed another former Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano.
The #Packers have interviewed another former #Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano, two sources said. He coached the Colts from 2012-'17. He also worked with Mike Pettine in Baltimore and hired Joe Philbin in Indianapolis.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) December 27, 2018
Pagano succeeded Caldwell in Indianapolis in 2012, making the playoffs his first 3 years. He was fired after the 2017 season when the Colts finished with a 4-12 record. He finished with a 53-43 record, and had just the one losing season.
Meanwhile, Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin will make his final impression for the permanent job on Sunday when the Packers host the Lions. A victory would give him a 3-1 record, including the team's first road win and a narrow 7-point loss at division champion Chicago. But those numbers are not what impress some of his players, one of whom would be more than happy to see Philbin hired as the permanent head coach.
"I'd love for him to be, I'd love if the search stopped there, because he is aware of how I feel about him," receiver Davante Adams said on Wednesday. "The consistency which is just what coaches want from players, the same guy every day, we want the same thing. It's tough to have a guy,not hinting at anything, there wasn't anything in the past. But when coaches are kind of on that roller coaster ride, up and down, the highs and lows, you never know what to expect. He keeps it real so he is going to let you know regardless, if the film looks like crap then he is going to tell you. That is the biggest thing why I respect him."