Ranking the Green Bay Packers’ head coach candidates.
With Mike McCarthy finally out of town, the Packers have plenty of options at head coach.
Here are the best possible successors to McCarthy:
10. Adam Gase
Adam Gase had a pretty wobbly tenure in Miami. As the offensive coordinator for the Peyton Manning-led Broncos, Gase’s 2013 unit set multiple NFL records and is regarded as possibly the greatest offense to ever play in the NFL.
After taking the job with the Dolphins, they never quite clicked on offense, and were always a player away on defense.
Even so, Gase dealt with a number of disadvantages with the Dolphins. Numerous injuries to Ryan Tannehill left him with the remains of Matt Moore and Jay Cutler, and in a little over one season, the front office sent Ndamukong Suh, Jay Ajayi, and Jarvis Landry packing.
That is an awful lot for a head coach to lose in a little over one season, and the Dolphins still remained competitive in the AFC.
Gase may not be the NFL’s most well-rounded coach, but he clearly has been able to make the most of what he has. With backup quarterbacks and lackluster talent in Miami, he coached the Dolphins to respectability and legitimacy.
When he was given an elite group of players in Denver, his offense was statistically the best ever. Gase may not be the Packers’ top choice, but they could do worse.
9. Jim Caldwell
The Packers interviewed Jim Caldwell shortly before their final game of the season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
They shouldn’t completely overlook Caldwell as a procedural name. Caldwell has experience coaching some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, and brings valuable knowledge as a coach who has been to a Super Bowl and several times to the postseason.
Caldwell isn’t the ideal candidate for the Packers in that he brings a certain predictability and simplicity to his offense. Anybody who has watched the Packers over the last seven seasons has seen the team’s offense suffer from an appalling lack of creativity and diversity.
Caldwell doesn’t quite change the entire dynamic of the team, and the Packers ideally need a younger, more energetic voice in the locker room.