Packers' pairing of Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers will pay off quickly

Heather Diaz
January 13, 2019

He will become the 15th head coach for Green Bay's storied franchise after being interviewed on Sunday.

LaFleur will replace Mike McCarthy, who was sacked by Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy on December 2 after Green Bay was stunned by the Arizona Cardinals.

"This is an unbelievable place", said LaFleur.

"The conversation went great", LaFleur said.

"I'll tell you what, I can not wait to get to work with him", LaFleur said of Rodgers. And I think that holds true for me as well.

"If he stayed in L.A., he'd be the hot candidate right now", Murphy said at Wednesday's introductory press conference for LaFleur.

"For me, I try to make this as simple as possible - we wanted someone who could win, and that's what we found in Matt", Gutekunst said. Green Bay interviewed at least 11 candidates, many of whom had offensive backgrounds and previous experience as head coaches.

LaFleur confirmed he will be Green Bay's play-caller, and said that he is excited to work with Rodgers.

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Given all that has been made about Rodgers and how hard he can be to coach, it's no wonder that Wednesday's introductory press conference with LaFleur was dominated by questions about how he will make it work with Rodgers.

"I think we're both on the same page".

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. "And the other thing that, and Brian can speak to this as well, he was there, [the players] talked a little bit about how they felt a complacency had set in among some players and coaches". He then left the Rams to be a playcalling coordinator for the Titans last season - a move Murphy admired.

"We like to say plays that start off looking the same but are different, plays that play off of plays", he said later. Ryan was named MVP that 2016 season. Again, it comes down to developing that relationship, that trust, especially with the quarterback.

Shortly after the phone call ended with Rodgers, LaFleur's phone rang again.

His first big break in the National Football League came when he took a job as Washington's QB coach in 2010. Murphy couldn't stop smiling, and jumped in several times to tell stories about LaFleur.

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