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Packers Interviewed Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano For Head Coaching Position

The Green Bay Packers have finished interviews with both Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano for the head coaching position, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Joe Philbin has served as the interim head coach since Mike McCarthy was fired following their Week 13 defeat, but the former is unlikely to retain the position after this season. The Packers wrap up their season at Lambeau Field against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Caldwell was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011, but he was fired after a dismal 2-14 season in the latter year. Pagano, formerly defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, was hired to replace Caldwell for the 2012 season.

Pagano led the Colts to 11-5 seasons in each of his first three years, including a trip to the 2014 AFC Championship Game. But tension with former GM Ryan Grigson - coupled with the injury woes to quarterback Andrew Luck - led to a downward spiral for Pagano and the Colts. He was fired after a third straight non-playoff season in 2017.

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After being fired from the Colts, Caldwell was hired as the Baltimore Ravens' quarterbacks coach. The team fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron late in the season, and Caldwell was promoted to offensive coordinator. He got aplenty out of quarterback Joe Flacco, and the Ravens went on to to win Super Bowl 47 over the San Francisco 49ers.

Caldwell spent one more season in Baltimore and was hired by the Detroit Lions as their new head coach in 2014. Caldwell registered three winning seasons in his four years with the Lions, leading them to the playoffs twice. The team made a strange decision to fire Caldwell after the 2017 campaign, despite leading the Lions to a 9-7 record.

What This Means

The Packers are going to be interviewing a large quantity of candidates, and it could be at least a month until they hire a new head coach. With Aaron Rodgers turning 36 years of age next year, the Packers will want to hire somebody they know will turn this team back into a playoff contender right away.

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