CLOSE\n Jim Owczarski, Olivia Reiner and Tom Silverstein discuss Mike McCarthy's address to the Packers and noticeable changes under Joe Philbin so far.\n Olivia Reiner, PackersNewsGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during practice Thursday, December 6, 2018 inside the Don Hutson Center in Ashwaubenon, WIs.(Photo: Jim Matthews\/USA TODAY NETWORK-W)It\u2019s hard to take Bruce Arians at his word that the Cleveland Browns are the only team he\u2019d come out of retirement to coach next year.But it\u2019s still telling that when asked this week if he\u2019s interested in coaching the Green Bay Packers, he said no.\u201cNot at all," Arians told CBS Sports Radio. \u201cIf I ever return to coaching it will only be in Cleveland.\u201dThe fact is, the Packers, who have grown used to being considered one of the NFL\u2019s gems, aren\u2019t the league\u2019s most attractive head-coach opening this offseason. As Arians suggested, that honor already belongs to the\u00a0Browns.While the Packers have a lot going to attract a new coach\u00a0\u2014 their history, a sustained winning culture and an abundance of resources \u2014 the Browns have more.It starts with personnel, where it looks like Cleveland has a keeper in rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield plus budding young stars at the two most important positions on defense (end Garrett Myles and cornerback Denzel Ward). The Packers have a star quarterback who\u2019s suddenly blemished and a defense short on talent.The Browns are also swimming in salary-cap room to sign free agents and extend contracts. According to Spotrac, they have a league-high $54 million in cap space, which they can carry over to next year, and will have another $81 million in cap room next year.The Packers are in decent cap shape but can\u2019t compete with the Browns: $5.3 million in cap room this year, and $40.6 million in 2019.The biggest thing working against the Browns is owner Jimmy Haslem, who has a history of inserting himself into football matters. The Browns\u2019 24-83 record during his tenure tells you all you need to know about how that has worked out. But general manager John Dorsey's early success could help there.That's not to say the Browns\u2019 advantages make the Packers\u2019 job unappealing. Far from it.DEAR BRUCE ARIANS: Please reconsider a pursuit of Packers' jobPACKERS OPENING: Some coaches who might draw Green Bay's interestSOFT REBUILD?\u00a0Packers could be targeting 2020 to make noise with new coach\u201cThis is the Green Bay Packers, this is one of the cornerstones of the National Football League with a Hall of Fame quarterback,\u201d general manager Brian Gutekunst said this week.Or as an assistant coach with another team said: \u201cBecause of the culture it is a much more attractive job than a lot of them out there.\u201dOne of the standard lines in the NFL is that there are only 32 head-coaching and GM jobs available, so they\u2019re all good. But some rate higher than others, and after what's\u00a0happened with the Packers this season, their future Hall of Fame quarterback now cuts both ways.Aaron Rodgers has had two sustained stretches of mediocre play in the last four years. The first was a 19-game run in 2015 and 2016, when he put up an 8-11 record and 88.9 rating. The other has been this season\u2019s 4-7-1 stretch\u00a0with a 99.3 rating, which helped get Mike McCarthy fired Sunday night.That's something prospective candidates will at least have to investigate. Some might be wary of taking over a team with a 35-year-old quarterback they hear is either difficult to work with, in decline\u00a0or both. Others\u00a0will be sure\u00a0they have what it takes to help a highly talented passer play some of his best football late in his career, like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Brett Favre.\u201cIt would be something where that coach would have to have a face-to-face conversation and tell (Rodgers), \u2018I want to work with you,\u2019\u201d a longtime assistant coach in the league said. \u201cI don\u2019t work for you, but I do want to work with you and make sure we get this thing done.\u201dSaid another league source: \u201cMaybe Rodgers can play five years and maybe his (knee) injury screwed him up this year, I don\u2019t know. Or maybe he\u2019s got diminished skills. All I\u2019m saying is, you\u2019re banking on the quarterback having three to four really good years. If he doesn\u2019t, you\u2019re (in trouble).\u201dFor the last quarter century, the Packers have been a destination for coaches and scouts for two other reasons: their football culture free of ownership interference, and a willingness to spend money on facilities that stack up with anyone in the league.The culture was largely a result of a front-office structure in which their general manager had full authority on all football decisions. The Packers\u2019 GM from 1992 through 2017 was boss of everything football, coach and salary-cap manager included.President\/CEO Mark Murphy changed that last January\u00a0and now heads football operations. Like this season, the next\u00a0coach will report to him, as will\u00a0Gutekunst and vice-president\/football operations Russ Ball.That, too, can cut both ways.\u201cI like the fact that there\u2019s one guy (in football) you answer to,\u201d said a\u00a0league source who prefers the fully empowered GM.Every front-office structure has its weaknesses, and Murphy was right Monday when he said relationships are more important than structure. I also don\u2019t doubt Murphy and Gutekunst when they say they get along great. But relationships can change over time, especially when you add two more parties (Ball and the coach) to the mix.4TH AND MONDAY: Sign up now for USA TODAY's NFL newsletterMurphy also is right that some candidates might prefer to report to him rather than the GM. But my guess is the previous structure was a better draw, even if Murphy isn\u2019t a\u00a0wild card like Haslem and many other owners in the league.\u201c(The new structure) opens the door for a lot of back stabbing,\u201d a longtime scout in the league said.Said another scout: \u201cWhatever Murphy is, (in Green Bay) at least you don\u2019t have to report to a crazy billionaire.\u201dAs for facilities, the Packers can compete with anyone to attract coaches and players: The Don Hutson Center, the smaller CRIC training field, and state-of-the-art facilities for weight training, medical treatment and dining.If you look at some of the other jobs that also might come\u00a0open, you\u2019d only prefer the New York Jets if you think Sam Darnold is going to be a top quarterback. Baltimore has a good culture but questions at quarterback. Denver has a good culture but not a quarterback. And Tampa Bay and Buffalo don\u2019t have a quarterback or culture.So yes, coaching the Packers remains a coveted job in the NFL. But it\u2019s behind the Browns this year.Follow the Packers News' Pete Dougherty on Twitter\u00a0@PeteDougherty.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideIf you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. Join our new Facebook Group, The Ruling Off the Field, to engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders.