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  • November 6, 2019
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    with a coach who has taken a team to a Super Bowl.According to multiple league
    sources ,
    former Lions and Colts coach Jim Caldwell has interviewed for the Green Bay
    opening.Caldwell coached the Colts from 2009 through 2011, and he then served as
    head coach of the Lions from 2014 through 2017. In between, he helped the Ravens
    get to the Super Bowl and win it, after being named offensive coordinator by
    coach John Harbaugh in December 2012.Caldwell compiled a 62-50 record as a head
    coach during the regular season, with a 2-4 postseason record. At the college
    level, Caldwell coached Wake Forest from 1993 through 2000. He arrived in
    Indianapolis in 2002 with Tony Dungy, eventually serving as quarterbacks coach
    and assistant head coach through 2008.After two seasons in Baltimore, Caldwell
    took the perpetually mediocre Lions to the playoffs twice in four seasons. He
    was fired after a 2017 season that ended with a 9-7 record.The interview comes
    at a time when the Packers are wrapping up the season with Joe Philbin serving
    as interim head coach, following the firing of Mike McCarthy in his 13th year on
    the job. On Sunday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed to express a preference for
    Philbin to get the full-time job.But maybe Caldwell would be a perfect coach to
    work with Rodgers. During Caldwell’s coaching career, he had extensive
    experience working with Peyton
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    , and then with Matthew Stafford. Under Caldwell’s tutelage in
    Baltimore, Joe Flacco became the Super Bowl MVP.By formally considering Caldwell
    for the job, the Packers have complied with the Rooney Rule, which requires an
    in-person interview of at least one minority candidate. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
    Andrew Luck accepted the blame for Sunday’s shutout.By Monday, he and the
    Indianapolis Colts were already talking about Houston.It’s the same routine
    coach Frank Reich follows each week — make quick corrections, carefully game
    plan for the next opponent and don’t overthink what went wrong.Naturally, one
    subpar game won’t get Reich to change his strategy even with playoff aspirations
    at stake.“Offensively, we just didn’t execute at the level and that ultimately
    falls on me,” Reich said during his weekly conference call. “It’s my job to put
    the players in the best position and we didn’t get that done yesterday. It hurts
    but hey we are shifting, we are moving gears to Houston.”There were plenty of
    mistakes to correct Monday.After throwing at least three touchdown passes in
    eight straight games, Luck couldn’t get the Colts (6-6) into the end zone even
    once at Jacksonville. His timing and improved accuracy were
    off John Simon Color Rush
    , leading to the first shutout of Luck’s pro career.Indy’s ground
    game wasn’t effective either and what had been an effective offensive line
    during the previous six games allowed three sacks and many more pressures Sunday
    without its starting center. Ryan Kelly missed his second straight game with an
    injured left knee.Reich did some self-critiquing, too.Three times with Indy in
    position to kick field goals, he went for it on fourth down. All three plays
    came up short.“They outcoached me on that. They played a coverage they had not
    played in that situation. It was the answer in case they did that and we were
    just a little off in our execution,” Reich said, referring to the play on
    fourth-and-goal.“The second (fourth-down) call, the reverse to (Eric) Ebron, it
    was a high risk-reward. I had envisioned that play into breaking out — not just
    a first down but possibly a 20 or 30-yard gain. We had a half yard to go. That
    would be the one that I would question myself the most on. Just run it up the
    middle. We had half a yard, run a quarterback sneak or just run a dive play up
    the middle and get the half yard. I took the risk for the big play and I was
    wrong.”Those failures were compounded by a lack of potent plays, something that
    became a staple during the Colts’ five-game winning streak.But for everyone
    inside the locker room, it was a stark reminder of just how quickly results
    change in the NFL.Over those previous five games, which included two against
    top-six scoring
    defenses ,
    Indy averaged 34.6 points. Luck played at a high level and running back Marlon
    Mack’s return from a hamstring injury helped keep the offense balanced.That
    wasn’t the case Sunday.“I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain,” Luck said
    following the loss. “(We’ve) got to improve. It’s disappointing. I am
    disappointed at myself, but we’ll get back to it and we’ll improve.”Defensively,
    the Colts pressured quarterbacks, slowed down runners and held fast — as they
    also did against the Jags (4-8).This week, they face a similar scenario against
    the league’s hottest team. The Texans have won nine straight since starting
    0-3.Houston’s defense is every bit as stingy and resourceful as what the Colts
    dealt with in Jacksonville. And yet Indy needs Luck & Co. to trade punches
    against a more proficient offense by fixing its flaws.But Reich refuses to let
    his team make the mistake of spending too much time breaking down Sunday’s
    miscues at the expense of trying to rebound this week and reassert themselves in
    the AFC’s tight chase for the sixth and final playoff berth.“What matters
    tomorrow is get better tomorrow,” Reich said. “Get better every day and then get
    ready to play the Houston Texans on Sunday.”Notes: Reich only noted two injuries
    from the game — safety Mike Mitchell (calf) and center Evan Boehm (neck). Boehm
    returned from his injury and Reich expects him to be available against the
    Texans. He did not give a prognosis on Mitchell.