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Big 10 Coach Could Reportedly Be A Candidate For Packers Job

Aaron Rodgers in the huddle with his teammates.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers huddles with his team at AT&T Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Pat Fitzgerald has been the head coach of his alma mater Northwestern since 2006. At this point, it seems unlikely that he'd take another college job, but a very intriguing NFL opening could be tough to pass up.

It isn't every year that the chance to coach a legendary, future Hall of Fame quarterback opens up.

That is the case this year, however, with Mike McCarthy's mid-season dismissal from the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers underachieved this season, and the team can't afford to waste the rest of Aaron Rodgers' prime, after giving him a massive contract.

While the trend in the NFL is to hire bright young offensive minds, like Sean McVay in Los Angeles and Matt Nagy in Chicago, there aren't obviously candidates in that mold right now.

We've seen a few different prominent college coaches brought up as potential NFL guys though. Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley has gotten the most attention, but Fitzgerald has also been floated as an option.

Pat Fitzgerald has some interesting connections to the Green Bay Packers job.

Most notably, as mentioned by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, is the fact that team CEO Mark Murphy gave Fitzgerald the full-time Northwestern job when he served as the school's athletic director.

One coach they are expected to target is Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, sources say. Packers CEO Mark Murphy actually hired Fitzgerald when Murphy was AD at Northwestern. While Fitzgerald has shut down countless interview requests from the NFL in the past, with a good sales pitch, this one may work.

The team has already reportedly interviewed former NFL head coaches Chuck Pagano and Jim Caldwell. Interim head coach Joe Philbin is also expected to get an interview.

The most interesting NFL name connected is probably New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He's done a great job of shepherding the offense led by aging legendary quarterback Tom Brady, but after leaving the Indianapolis Colts at the altar last year, his candidacy for any job will come under extra scrutiny.

Fitzgerald is 95-70 at Northwestern. He has put together three 10-win seasons, and this year, won his first division crown.

[NFL.com]