Packers Head Coach Rumors: Jim Caldwell Interviewed for Green Bay Vacancy

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2018

File- This Dec. 24, 2017, file photo shows Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell watching during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati.  The Packers (7-8) have fallen short of the playoffs for the first time since 2008, a year before Matthews was drafted. Detroit (8-7) won’t be in the postseason either, and the big question now is whether the Lions will stick with Caldwell for another year. Detroit made the playoffs last season but lost its final three regular-season games and its postseason opener. This year, the Lions were in decent shape at 6-4 before consecutive losses against Minnesota and Baltimore left them playing catch-up.(AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)
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The Green Bay Packers have interviewed veteran coach Jim Caldwell for their head coaching vacancy, according to Pro Football Talk.

Caldwell has spent seven years as a head coach in the NFL, splitting time with the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. He has accumulated a 62-50 career record, plus a 2-4 mark in the playoffs.

The 63-year-old most notably led the Colts to a 14-2 record and an appearance in the Super Bowl in 2009, his first season as a head coach. After three years in Indianapolis, he spent four seasons with the Lions before being fired in 2017 after posting a 9-7 record.

Detroit has been much worse without him in 2018 under Matt Patricia; the Lions are 5-10 heading into Week 17.

Caldwell's experience, as well as his background as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, make him an intriguing option for the Packers.

Green Bay has an opening after firing Mike McCarthy earlier this month after 13 years with the organization. Joe Philbin has taken over on an interim basis and could be a candidate for the full-time job, although there will likely be a broad search to fill the role.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports initially listed New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as an option, while Albert Breer of The MMQB reported Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has also been considered.

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