The Green Bay Packers fired Mike McCarthy on Sunday, and the organization is being tied to a marquee name as the head coaching search begins.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, some "NFL assistant coaches have indicated interest in joining a McDaniels-led coaching staff in Green Bay." It was added that one such coach "pulled his name from consideration for a college coordinator position."
Joe Philbin is currently the interim head coach for the Packers, but unless he leads this struggling team to a strong finish, it's unlikely he'll retain the job for next year. McDaniels signed a five-year contract with the New England Patriots before this season started.
But whether or not the Packers would seriously consider McDaniels remains to be seen. Folks will remember that he pulled out from taking the Indianapolis Colts' head coaching gig at the very last minute this past spring, opting to stick around long-term in Foxborough instead.
Per Robinson, however, one league executive believes that McDaniels is still in prime position to land a head coaching gig, no matter what happened in Indianapolis.
"He’s still a young offensive coach who is extremely smart and creative, and that’s something everyone wants now," the executive said. "When the next [hiring cycle] comes, nobody will really care what he did to the Colts if they think they need him."
McDaniels' first head coaching stint was with the Denver Broncos, which lasted from 2009 to mid-2010. It was a horrible outing highlighted by an illegal videotaping scandal (similar to SpyGate), and McDaniels had to wait another seven years to warrant head coaching consideration again.
It's up to the Packers to decide if they want to take the risk and give the 42-year-old McDaniels another crack at the head coaching position.
What This Means
The Packers will want to hire a strong offensive-minded head coach that can help Aaron Rodgers get back on track. McCarthy's play-calling was awful, and it led to him getting ousted in Green Bay.
McDaniels has ran a perennial offensive machine in New England. Could he take on the challenge of helping Rodgers find his MVP level again? We'll find out in the coming months.