Packers fans optimistic about new head coach

Ross Houston
January 13, 2019

"I think it would help him develop a little bit more, get him to the top of his game and maybe help the Packers succeed again", said Hunter. He and I have stayed in contact to this day.

"We have found a gem in Matt and I'm really excited about the future and his leadership", said Murphy. Before LaFleur made waves as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, he both played and coached DII football.

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.

The Tennessee Titans may have retained the majority of their coaching staff, but one of those names has decided against taking them up on the offer. He spent the 2017 season as the Rams offensive coordinator and helped Los Angeles rank first in the National Football League in scoring and 10th in total offense. General manager Brian Gutekunst, Executive Vice President Russ Ball and Murphy all knew LaFleur was the candidate they wanted after their interview with him on Sunday, and after sleeping on it, nothing changed on Monday.

"It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster and you look at the success they're having there this year, it certainly could have been easy to stay there", LaFleur said, referring to the Rams, who'll face the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional playoffs on Saturday night. He'd be flying all over the country talking to everybody.

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.

And he's ready to integrate Rodgers into what he called "our system". "So in my mind, that was something that as we went through the process, was kind of in the back of my mind, is there something we can do that can kind of shake people up so we don't have the complacency".

One version of it is being run by Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers, another by McVay with the Rams and now by LaFleur in Green Bay. He was key in developing a young Kirk Cousins with the Shanahans in Washington, then a young Jared Goff with Sean McVay in Los Angeles. "We're excited to get started". "It is more or less about looking at the ten other guys in the huddle and knowing you are going to get the job done". When you're making adjustments when the defense is out there. "That's how we're going to build this thing".

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