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Green Bay Packers hire Matt LaFleur as head coach

Green Bay Packers hire Matt LaFleur as head coach

If you would have told me that Matt LaFleur and Kliff Kingsbury were going to be the first two head coaches hired in the NFL in 2019, and that one of them was going to land one of the most iconic jobs in the history of the league, well, I would not have believed you.

LaFleur said his year in Tennessee was a necessary learning experience that got him out of his comfort zone and allowed him to grow as a coach, opening up the opportunity to be the coach and playcaller in Green Bay. Rodgers is a hard player to coach because he is extremely smart and independent. Go hire Mike Kafka, the Chiefs first-year quarterback coach who did so much behind the scenes work with Patrick Mahomes his "redshirt" year in KC while running the scout team, or go hire Andy Reid's special teams coach, or Chris Jones, the coach/GM of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, or hell, go grab the real thing when it comes to the master of the "Air Raid" offense, and hire wild man Mike Leach himself. If LaFleur hasn't contacted Rodgers yet, he needs to fix that. "We're also excited about the person-he is bright with a great work ethic and a ideal fit for Green Bay and the organization".

LaFleur, a former college quarterback who has been an offensive assistant in the National Football League since 2008, called plays for the first time for the Tennessee Titans last season.

LaFleur says he learned an important lesson in 2018.

The consensus amongst fans seems to be that Matt LaFleur is not a know-it-all type of coach who seems to have a good record (he did, after all, help Robert Griffin score his Rookie of the Year award, and was Matt Ryan's coach in 2016 when he won MVP), and will also get along well with Aaron Rodgers. Before that, he was offensive coordinator on McVay's staff in Los Angeles. "We need to get better and we need to play harder, and we think he can do that for us". The Titans finished 9-7 with a combination of Marcus Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and missed the playoffs. The lessons I learned this year, I learned football is not easy.

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Introductory press conferences are always a celebration and this one signaled a stark contrast in the mood around Green Bay in recent months.

LaFleur was in the auto at the time.

It's good that LaFleur and Rodgers have already started talking, because the new head coach's success or failure depends in Green Bay will be measured by one question: Can he get the most out of Rodgers's last few seasons?

The Packers were the only team the 39-year-old LaFleur talked to.