GREEN BAY – With everyone in Green Bay Packers Nation offering opinions about who the team’s next coach should be, they should get to vote on it, right?
Here’s your chance.
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin has assembled a list of 32 potential people to fill Mike McCarthy’s big shoes. Beginning now, and over the coming days, we’re asking you to cast your votes in some hypothetical “match-ups” between coaches of similar characteristics.
VOTE NOW: Packers head coach tournament matchups
Info on each is below. Click the links for more about each coach.
Top vote-getters in each round will advance. A new round will start every few days. Eventually, we’ll have a run-off between the top NFL and college candidates.
The list is not perfect. We went for match-ups with curb appeal, and we sought to pose some tough choices.
And while most of these guys have been mentioned in connection with the job — and at least two have interviewed —there’s an element of whimsy in some matchups.
So, no, Packers mid-1990s savior Mike Holmgren is unlikely to come out of retirement at age 70 unless he’s offered the title of president and general manager. We don’t see Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst going anywhere else right now.
Nick Saban is unlikely to leave the best football coaching job in the country (and an $8.3 million salary and $1.1 million bonus) to take a shot in a league where he was mediocre in his only other attempt. Maybe he could make more money in the NFL, but probably not in Green Bay.
Finally, there’s a chance someone on this list is hired by another team before we’re done. If that’s the case, the person he beat in the previous round will replace him.
Current and former NFL names who might fit the Packers needs:
PRO: Patriots OC, 42, has experience handling a star QB, Tom Brady, and has rep as an offensive genius. CON: Possible commitment issues: Jilted Colts last January after accepting their head coaching job.
PRO: Veteran, 56, known for defensive schemes has Ravens knocking on playoffs’ door despite a rookie QB and a lack of other offensive stars. CON: Ravens insist he’s coming back next year. And if he doesn’t, Broncos are said to have a huge interest.
PRO: At 40, had been regarded as a rising star because of success as Vikings offensive coordinator. CON: Got fired from that job this season because team’s running game was sputtering. Might be on the list for the Jets job.
PRO: Coordinator of powerhouse defense that led Bears to division title and possible playoff bye; Packers considered him for defensive coordinator’s job a year ago. CON: He’s 60 and coached forever, but has no head coach experience.
PRO: Yet another successful Patriots coordinator; he’s credited with the defensive call on the goal-line interception that beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. CON: Young (37). First year coordinator. Never worked for anyone but New England.
PRO: Former Nebraska QB, 35, seen as rising star. Rams QB Jared Goff has blossomed under Taylor; the team scores a ton. CON: He’s not a pro coordinator, but was one at the University of Cincinnati (coaches the QB’s this season and was assistant wide receivers’ coach a year ago). He’s said to be Browns’ top choice.
PRO: Coordinates high-powered Chiefs offense that scores like an NBA team. CON: First year in job inherited when Matt Nagy left last winter to lead Bears.
PRO: Coordinator, 44, credited with developing rookie QB Baker Mayfield, improved pass-protection and significant growth in Browns once-woeful offense. CON: He’s a rookie coordinator. Browns likely to make huge pitch to keep him.
PRO: Offensive coordinator, 57, who led Packers to multiple high-scoring seasons, including Super Bowl XLV win. Proven record of working well with Aaron Rodgers. CON: Struggled in lone stint as NFL head man, going 26-29 with Dolphins.
PRO: He’s Aaron Rodgers. CON: He’s never coached football.
PRO: Vince’s grandson. Currently coaches Drew Brees. Convincing on USAA commercials. CON: Since becoming a coach in 1996, has been a coordinator twice: Neither Mercyhurst College nor the Detroit Lions were offensive juggernauts.
PRO: One of four coaches to lead Packers to Super Bowl win. Helped undisciplined Brett Favre become Hall of Fame QB. Has local street named after him. CON: At 70, unlikely to come out of retirement for anything less than a team president’s gig — a job he last held in Cleveland in 2012.
PRO: Former Cardinals and Colts head man, 66, two-time AP coach of the year. Helped Carson Palmer succeed. Likeable; good with media. CON: Retired last season; said he’d only come back for the right situation — but not the Packers.
PRO: Wisconsin native and one-time Ravens OC went 62-50 leading Colts and Lions. Spent 7 years as Peyton Manning’s QB coach. CON: Inherited Tony Dungy’s stellar Colts team and went 14-2, 10-6, 2-14. Missed playoffs three of four years in Detroit.
PRO: Experienced; led Colts from 2012-17, going 53-43. Has worked with Mike Pettine, so maybe Pettine would stay to run Packers defense. Eager to return to coaching. CON: Missed playoffs his last three years. Health concerns — he survived leukemia — could be a distraction.
College head coach-types who might fit the Packers needs.
PRO: Michigan head man, 54, wins everywhere he coaches, including 75 percent of games in three years after inheriting mediocre 49ers team (making a fan of Packers GM Brian Gutekunst). CON: Said to be target of a Jets offer worth $7M per year. Couldn’t get over the hump in the NFL; lost Super Bowl to Ravens. Can’t beat Ohio State.
Wins like crazy at Stanford, going 81-26 after taking over when Harbaugh left. Has 10 seasons as an NFL offensive assistant. CON: Lives in California, makes $4.3M a year, and an 8-5 year didn’t get him fired.
PRO: Packers job and chance to coach Aaron Rodgers would be a plum for young (35) Oklahoma head man; team likely could compete right away. CON: Name said to be on everyone’s list, especially Cleveland’s, where he could work with a young QB and not face instant pressure to win.
PRO: Wins consistently at Northwestern, once considered impossible. Packers President Mark Murphy has Northwestern ties. CON: No NFL experience. Raised in Chicagoland and coaching his alma mater, so might be an Illinois lifer.
PRO: Helped build powerhouse under Chip Kelly at Oregon; became head coach and won 33 of first 40 games. Now leading resurgent Chicago Bears offense. CON: Imploded in year four at Oregon, going 4-8 and getting fired. Bears gig is first NFL job.
PRO: Built high-powered offense at Texas Tech, which produced MVP candidate Pat Mahomes, and at Texas A&M, which gave us Johnny Manziel. CON: Tech lost more than it won in his five seasons. Recently named USC offensive coordinator.
PRO: While head coach at California, inherited unknown QB Aaron Rodgers from Montana junior college and turned him into first-round draft choice. CON: Even in best years, Cal didn’t win a ton. Lone stint as an NFL assistant cut short by heart surgery. Now, 57, has low-pressure job coaching alma mater, Fresno State.
PRO: Considered offensive savant for work as head coach at Washington State and Texas Tech. CON: No NFL experience. Controversial; Tech fired him just before a court hearing after Leach sued the school following a dispute over his handling of a player. Causes trouble on Twitter.
PRO: Alabama head man, 67, has won almost everywhere, including LSU and Michigan State. Was an NFL assistant with Browns, Oilers. CON: Only place he didn’t win: the NFL, where he was 15-17 with Dolphins. Can make $9.4 million this year, plus camp and endorsement income.
PRO: Former South Carolina, Florida and Duke head man is considered strong offensive mind. CON: Bombed in lone NFL head coaching gig, two years with Washington. He’s kind of old-school. At 73, unlikely to un-retire. Or would he?
PRO: Long-term Notre Dame head man, 57, is used to coaching in a historic stadium in football-obsessed community. Went 12-0 this season, winning AP “coach of the year” again. CON: Never played or coached in NFL.
PRO: Iowa’s winningest coach has been an NFL assistant. Name has often come up as candidate for NFL head coaching jobs. CON: Might have most-secure job in college football; made at least $5.2M in salary and bonuses this season at a school where going 4-4, 4-4, 2-6 in Big 10 doesn’t get you fired.
PRO: Has gone 114-30 at Clemson despite having no head-coaching experience when he took over in 2008. Only 49. Teams regularly vie for national title. CON: Has only coached at Clemson and Alabama, so no direct NFL connection.
PRO: Hey, why not? Madison native, 53, had little head-coach experience when he took over at Wisconsin, and team has done well. Is not Bret Bielema. CON: Only NFL experience was a couple years as tight ends coach almost 20 years ago.
PRO: Has won at Ohio State, Florida, Utah and cranked out Ezekiel Elliott, Tim Tebow and other NFL types. CON: Recently retired — for second time — because of health concerns, and will become a teacher/athletics administrator at OSU. Got suspended for mishandling this situation.
PRO: His Oklahoma State teams compete well against deeper, better-funded programs because he gets the best from guys who weren’t high school superstars. His “I’m a man; I’m 40” speech. CON: Might be burned out after more than 20 years at same school. No NFL experience.
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