6. Vic Fangio
The Packers were not able to hire Vic Fangio when they went shopping for a new defensive coordinator after firing Dom Capers. Mike Pettine’s defense showed some signs of strength at different points of the season, but they clearly have a long way to go.
Adding Fangio to the mix would give the Packers a strong defensive coaching staff that could finally get that side of the ball into the elite conversation.
We have never seen Fangio completely in charge of an NFL offense, but he undoubtedly knows enough about offensive schemes to consistently shut them down on an NFL level. It is unlikely that the rival Bears would grant the Packers even an interview with Fangio, but given the state of affairs in Green Bay, they should clearly try their best to explore every avenue.
5. Pat Fitzgerald
Pat Fitzgerald has turned down numerous requests by NFL teams for an interview. He has brought Northwestern into prominence in the college ranks and has reportedly been connected with the Packers during the early goings of their head coaching shopping spree, with Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting that the team is expected to request an interview.
He led Northwestern to a Big Ten Western division title this past season, and has a 95-70 coaching record during his twelve years in charge of the team.
Fitzgerald has shown a rare amount of loyalty to the program and has shown his willingness to stiff arm overtures by NFL teams to bring him into the pros. But having a chance to work with Aaron Rodgers is a pretty rare opportunity. While Fitzgerald might just have another chance to prove that he is not leaving Northwestern, the Packers should absolutely try their luck.