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The Green Bay Packers are in an unfamiliar position as the 2018 NFL season winds down towards its end: they have a healthy Aaron Rodgers but no hope of making the postseason. This is just the second time that has happened since Rodgers took over as the team’s starting quarterback in 2008 http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/bryan-bulaga-jersey , and it resulted in the firing of head coach Mike McCarthy.In addition, the Packers have gone 0-7 on the road this season, and on Sunday they will have their final chance to win a game away from Lambeau Field this season. The team will travel to New Jersey for a game against the New York Jets, who have also been eliminated from the postseason race.However, the Jets’ struggles were expected. After drafting quarterback Sam Darnold third overall in April, the Jets started him in week one and he has been in the lineup for 11 of their 14 games so far. He was under center for each of the team’s four wins this year, but has gone through expected difficulties as a rookie starter with 14 touchdown passes against 15 interceptions.As for the Packers, pride is the likely motivator for the team as a whole Authentic Kevin King Jersey , with some players auditioning for jobs in and out of Green Bay next season over these final two games. Rodgers has said he intends to play, though the team will surely keep him on a short leash should the game become a blowout in either direction. He cited his need to lead by example this week when discussing his plans to suit up, and hopefully he can find some value in additional snaps with his young receivers as well.For fans outside of Wisconsin and the New York City area, it’s going to be tough to tune in. Because the two teams are out of the playoff hunt and are on FOX in a non-doubleheader week, there are few areas getting the game on Sunday, so tune in on the radio if you must and try to enjoy Sunday’s game.WHO?Green Bay Packers (5-8-1) vs. New York Jets (4-10)WHERE?MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, New JerseyWHEN?Sunday, December 23rd http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/david-bakhtiari-jersey , 20181:00 PM Eastern TimeHOW?TV BroadcastPackers-Jets shown in Green506sports.comFOXLocal broadcastCommentators: Kenny Albert, Ronde BarberRadio BroadcastPackers Radio NetworkWTMJ.com (not available on mobile)Sirius 133/105, XM 386/232ANYTHING ELSE?OddsPackers favored by 3 pointsOver/under total: 47All-time head-to-head recordJets lead 8-4-0Last meetingWeek 2 2014: @Packers 31, Jets 24Current streakPackers have won the last two games The front-runner for the Green Bay Packers’ head coaching job appears to be giving some signs that he is focused on the opportunity to come to Wisconsin. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is scheduled to interview with the Packers on Friday in Foxboro, one of several individuals that the Packers will talk to this week.While the Packers are meeting with fellow Patriots assistant Brian Flores on Friday before flying to New Orleans to interview two Saints assistants on Saturday, McDaniels is keeping his schedule clear the rest of the week. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, McDaniels turned down an interview request from the Cincinnati Bengals, which was the only other team known to have asked to meet with him about a head coaching job so far.If other teams would want to talk to McDaniels http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/davante-adams-jersey , they would likely have submitted their requests by now. Because the Patriots earned a first-round bye in the postseason, McDaniels is only eligible to interview the week before the Wild Card round. After Sunday, the next opportunity for him to talk to teams would be either after the Patriots are eliminated from the postseason or the week following the Conference Championship games.For now, however, it appears that McDaniels’ options are limited to two: get the Packers’ job, or stay with the Patriots as their OC. One interpretation of his decision to turn down the other interview is that he is focused on getting the job in Green Bay. However, the other option is that the Bengals job is simply not appealing.Bengals owner Mike Brown is also the team’s president and de facto general manager, and therefore calls all the shots for the franchise. He did give former head coach Marvin Lewis a lengthy tenure in Cincinnati — 16 years Authentic JK Scott Jersey , to be exact — but there is more to a coaching job than simply job security. The Bengals had an abysmal defense in 2018 and finished 6-10, their third straight year below .500 after a string of five straight playoff appearances (but no postseason victories). Cincinnati’s personnel department also is very thin by NFL standards, employing eight individuals compared to the 18 individuals listed on the Packers’ staff.That structure and Brown’s perceived reluctance to open up his purse strings in free agency may be some reasons why an ESPN poll of league sources found the Bengals’ job to be least-appealing of the eight open head coaching positions across the NFL this offseason. The Packers, meanwhile, are tied with the Browns for first place in the same poll, likely thanks to a somewhat more standard personnel structure — and a certain quarterback named Aaron Rodgers.Whatever the reason, it looks like the Packers will be the only team meeting with McDaniels this week. This suggests that the only team they would be bidding against for his services — should Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst decide he is the man for the job — would be his current employer.
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