Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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Packers HC Matt LaFleur credits experience with Titans for new opportunity

Packers HC Matt LaFleur credits experience with Titans for new opportunity

"After two long years here in Green Bay, we are ready to get back to winning", Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy told reporters. LaFleur played quarterback for three seasons at DII-Saginaw Valley State.

As McVay's right-hand man with the high-flying Rams offense, LaFleur left a year ago to join Mike Vrabel's new coaching staff with the Titans to become a full-time play-caller. We like to have plays, we like to say plays that start off looking the same but are different, plays that play off of plays. Rodgers is a hard player to coach because he is extremely smart and independent.

While Rodgers did not take part in interviews with any of the 10 candidates, it's believed the only phone call he made to a candidate during the process was to LaFleur. "We're also excited about the person - he is bright with a great work ethic and a flawless fit for Green Bay and the organisation". He thinks they are both already on the same page. LaFleur said he has already had a chance to speak with Aaron Rodgers.

The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this season as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, his first calling plays in the NFL.

He worked under Shanahan in Atlanta, serving as Matt Ryan's quarterbacks coach in 2016 when Ryan won NFL MVP honors, and the Falcons whipped the Packers in the NFC Title game to reach the Super Bowl. He also led the Rams to the top scoring offense in football in 2017.

In Tennessee, LaFleur was given a backfield committee of Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry, and as the play-caller, LaFleur wisely realized in the second half of the season that Henry's powerful running style meshed better with the team's blocking abilities. 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. With McVay as head coach, LaFleur did not have the opportunity to call plays.

"I think we've found a gem in Matt and we're really excited about the future under his leadership". "I took the risk because I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach". It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster, in the success they are having there this year. Again, it comes down to developing that relationship, that trust, especially with the quarterback.

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 vehicle at the time. The Packers are confident they've landed their guy in LaFleur, who fits the popular mold of the young, offensive-guru type.

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