The Green Bay Packers have started their coaching search as soon as they fired Mike McCarthy last week after a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Because the regular season is still going on, there’s only so much the Packers can do when it comes to interviews. However, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said they won’t hire a head coach until the season comes to an end.
Because of the Packers head coaching position be a high-profile job, there have been a number of names linked to the job even before Mike McCarthy was let go. The most popular name that has been attached to the Packers is Josh McDaniels who is the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. Another name that has gotten some traction is Lincoln Riley who is the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.
McDaniels and Riley will likely be considered by the Packers because of how they can help Rodgers and the offense be more explosive. However, there are a few names the Packers should consider that has not gotten a ton of attention or looked at as the favorite to win the position. Here’s a look at three under-the-radar head coach candidates for the Packers.
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Zac Taylor – Los Angeles Rams QB coach
Taylor is only 35 yards but he has his share of coaching experience. He started his NFL coaching career as assistant quarterbacks coach for the Dolphins in 2012 and worked his way as the offensive coordinator in 2015. He also was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2016 before joining the Rams last year. Taylor helped Ryan Tannehill be a consistent quarterback for the Dolphins and he’s now helping Jared Goff emerge as one of the top quarterbacks in the league. He will likely get interviewed by a few teams this offseason.
Matt LaFleur – Tennesee Titans offensive coordinator
Matt LaFleur should be on top of the Packers’ list. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 when the team reached the Super Bowl and he was the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams last year when they were one of the top offenses in the NFL. LaFleur has worked closely with current San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan over the years and he could make some magic with Rodgers and the Packers offense.
Joe Philbin – Packers interim head coach
It’s under the assumption that Philbin will not be the head coach for the Packers next season even though he’s the interim head coach now. However, the Packers had one of their better performances this past Sunday, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-20. The Packers could consider Philbin a leading candidate if the Packers continue to play well in the final games of the year. Philbin has head coaching experience as he was the lead man for the Miami Dolphins from 2012-2015.