The Green Bay Packers are set to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their head coaching position, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Green Bay fired head coach Mike McCarthy after a Week 13 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and Joe Philbin took over to finish out the final four games. It ended McCarthy' 13-year run with the Packers, and he's one of the more sought-after head coaching candidates for other teams.
As for McDaniels, he was set to take over as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts last season. But at the last minute, McDaniels pulled out and was extended by the Patriots to remain the offensive coordinator. The Colts hired Frank Reich in his place, and the latter led them to a 10-6 record and trip to the postseason.
But it doesn't sound like McDaniels' change of heart from a year ago will cost him another job opening. He's one of the game's most brilliant offensive minds, and the Packers need a coach like that in order to maximize the remainder of Aaron Rodgers' prime years.
McDaniels was head coach of the Denver Broncos (2009 to 2010), and compiled a porous 11-17 record. He was fired late in the 2010 season, but almost a decade later, McDaniels looks primed for another kick at the can as a head coach.
The Packers will be interviewing several other candidates, and McDaniels is sure to draw serious interest from other teams. Now, the only question is if he's truly willing to leave Foxborough this time around.
What This Means
Because he's one of the game's greatest offensive coordinators, it's no surprise that McDaniels is being heavily pursued by the Packers. Rodgers had a down year in 2018, and he's now 35 years of age. The Packers need a coach who can install the right system around Rodgers, and McDaniels just might be the guy to do it.