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Packers expected to interview Josh McDaniels, Brian Flores for head coaching vacancy

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (right) was all smiles after Sunday’s victory.Jim Davis/Globe staff

FOXBOROUGH — Let the interviews commence.

The Green Bay Packers are expected to request permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores for their head coaching vacancy, according to a league source.

The Packers fired Mike McCarthy on Dec. 2 after he won 125 games and a Super Bowl championship in 13 years at the helm.

McDaniels has previous head coaching experience with the Denver Broncos and last season accepted the Colts top job before having a change of heart when his future in New England was more clearly defined.

McDaniels began his professional coaching career with the Patriots in 2001 and climbed through the ranks to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2006. He left in 2009 to take over in Denver, where he compiled an 11-17 mark. He was fired after Week 13 in 2010.


After a brief stop in St. Louis, he rejoined the Patriots and assumed his current spot in 2012.

McDaniels was asked about his future in early December and said he didn’t “really worry about the future.’’ He has said becoming a head coach again is something that he is interested in.

“If that’s in the cards for me, then that’s great,’’ he said. “I’ve said that before.”

Flores, who has been with the Patriots in various capacities for the last 15 years, interviewed with the Cardinals for their head coaching job last season.

With the regular season wrapped up, more coaching vacancies will open this week and McDaniels and Flores are expected to draw plenty of interest from other teams, as well.

According to an ESPN report, the Browns also requested permission to speak with Flores.

Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.