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GREEN BAY Dexter Williams Jersey , Wis?Time for Joe Philbin to assume an important new responsibility with the Green Bay Packers, and it’s not just the duties that come with taking over as interim head coach.It’s been a while since Philbin has called plays.“Trying to think. Might have been about 20 years, maybe,” Philbin said.More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinProtecting QB Aaron Rodgers will be Packers’ priority vs. BearsPackers place starting guard Bell on IR, sign OL SiragusaStaTuesday: Packers’ Rodgers sets record with INT-free streakPackers Snap Counts: Patrick shows fight in first startUpon Further Review: Packers vs. FalconsNow he takes over the job on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons following the Packers’ firing of Mike McCarthy, who also called the plays.The previous time Philbin had that task?“I think it was at Northeastern if I’m not mistaken,” said Philbin, who was offensive coordinator of the Northeastern Huskies in 1995-96.He does have a wealth of experience. A 16-year NFL coaching veteran, Philbin’s college coaching resume goes back to Tulane in 1984. He’s in his second stint as offensive coordinator in Green Bay, having held the job when the Packers won the Super Bowl in the 2010 season, and when the offense set franchise records the next season.Philbin was head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2012-15. He spent two seasons on the Colts’ staff before returning to Green Bay this year. He has been heavily involved in planning, installation and putting together play scripts. He met regularly with McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers.This week, though, will be a little different.“Sometimes, because I wasn’t calling the plays, I could kind of peek ahead a little bit so we could move forward a little bit,” Philbin said. “I think that will be the biggest difference. I’m not going to be looking at our next opponent until the game is over.”“And then obviously just sequencing the calls the right way and hopefully they work when we call ’em,” he added.7View Gallery Gallery:Upon Further Review: Packers vs. CardinalsAP | Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved.McCarthy was fired after Sunday at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. His specialty was offense, but the once-prolific production had slacked off. Empty third downs and a lack of potent plays have been season-long issues. Rodgers’ completion percentage is his lowest in three seasons, though he has still thrown just one interception this year. Drops by receivers especially plagued the Packers on Sunday.“I just think you really need to be better in situational offense if you want to win games, so we’re going to pay a little more attention, even more attention, to that the next couple weeks Vince Biegel Color Rush Jersey ,” Rodgers said, “because we’ve got to fix that if we want to win games.”The change does present a unique wrinkle to how Falcons coach Dan Quinn prepares his defense. He can get his team ready for the unique skillsets of Rodgers and top receiver Davante Adams. But he can’t study Philbin’s tendencies when it comes to calling plays.“The analogy I told the team today,” Quinn said, “if we all had the same playbook, we wouldn’t all call plays in the same way or the same style even though it’s all part of it.”It helps to have a quarterback of Rodgers’ caliber to have input on concepts and schemes, Quinn said. But there isn’t a lot of background into figuring out Philbin’s tendencies in clutch situations, such as on third down. Quinn calls those “Got to have it moments.”“Those, hey, you better be ready to call your best stuff because those aren’t scripted. Those are off the cuff,” he said.An intangible is the familiarity between Rodgers and Philbin, who was on staff for the quarterback’s rookie season in 2005. They’ve worked together during highly productive seasons. They apparently share a similar sense of humor.“A lot of dry humor. Joe is, every time he talks he reminds us about how simple this game is,” Rodgers said. “It comes down to the little things and he’s always reminding us and harping on those things.”NOTES: RG Byron Bell (knee) and RT Bryan Bulaga (knee/illness), who both left in the second quarter against Arizona, missed practice. … CB Bashaud Breeland (groin) and S Kentrell Brice (ankle/concussion) were limited. … Little-used RB Tra Carson (rib) and starting CB Kevin King (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve. King’s rookie season last year ended on the injury list because of a shoulder issue. … The team claimed DL Fadol Brown from the Raiders and rookie CB Natrell Jamerson from the Texans. Originally a fifth-round draft pick by New Orleans, Jamerson played in college at Wisconsin. Reports came out about the Green Bay Packers’ first two interviewees for their vacant head coaching job on Wednesday, and it seems that the reaction from fans was a unanimous “ugh.” Indeed, Chuck Pagano and Jim Caldwell are not young, exciting candidates, and both were fired by their previous teams a year ago.But in today’s curds, let’s look at why it makes sense for the team to talk to these two. First, their options are limited at this point, at least in terms of coaches currently working in the NFL. That alone takes out a large pool of individuals who might be possibilities later on in this process. People like Josh McDaniels are not eligible to interview until at the earliest the postseason , with exact timing depending on their teams’ playoff seeding and success.Meanwhile, the team certainly could have interviewed some college coaches during those individuals’ breaks before bowl games. However, with the early signing day taking place last week, any coaches they did talk to would want to keep their interviews as quiet as possible to avoid scaring recruits away.Thus, Pagano and Caldwell are probably some of the better unemployed options for the Packers to talk to at this point. If nothing else, they may be guinea pigs for the Packers as they define what the interview and evaluation process looks like for Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst. Just don’t get too worried about either of them coaching the Packers in 2019.Packers interview Chuck Pagano, Jim Caldwell for coaching vacancy | Packersnews.comBoth former Colts coaches interviewed already, which makes sense since they are currently unemployed and are free to talk to any team. Pagano hired Joe Philbin after he was fired in Miami, while Caldwell is a native of Beloit.NFL reminds teams of procedures for interviewing employees who have resigned or retired – ProFootballTalkThose interviews aren't moving the needle much for Packers fans, judging from the general reactions on social media. However, the league's rules about who can interview and when are worth remembering when we see names like this come across the wire. Also, I think a provision here may apply to Reggie McKenzie, who resigned from his position before his contract ran out; the Packers may need to ask the Raiders' approval before interviewing him.‘Rocky, crazy road’ culminates in Jake Kumerow’s first NFL touchdown | Packers.comKumerow has spent a pair of stints on injured reserve and was mostly a practice squad player until this season, and specifically the last few games. Now he has a touchdown under his belt -- a 49-yarder to boot -- after starting Sunday's game, the first start of his career.Tight end Robert Tonyan gives Packers a glimpse of his potential | Packersnews.comBig Bob converted a fourth and one with a big 11-yard reception while lined up in Jimmy Graham's normal spot. That play in particular suggests that Aaron Rodgers is gaining trust in him as he develops his game.Packers submit unsuccessful waiver claim on S D.J. Swearinger | Packers WireIt's good to see that Brian Gutekunst was interested in Swearinger, who has bounced around with four teams in his brief NFL career but settled into a good role and good play for Washington. However, Arizona -- one of the teams Swearinger played for previously -- had the top waiver ranking and they got him instead.US explorer Colin O'Brady completes first unaided, solo traverse of Antarctica | The GuardianThis Portland native did something that is either completely awesome or complete insane, depending on your point of view: he made it 930 miles across Antarctica by himself while pulling a sled with 350 pounds of gear the whole time.

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