Packers believe they've 'found a gem' in Matt LaFleur

Matt La Fleur

On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers introduced new head coach Matt LaFleur in his first press conference alongside president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Fitting LaFleur was with his family when he got the call.

Murphy explained that during the month-long search process, numerous candidates were vetted and the team's leadership council - nine players, including Aaron Rodgers, representing each position group - was consulted.

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LaFleur does not have any head-coaching experience, but he has built a very good reputation around the league for his offensive prowess.

We hope you enjoyed this edition of the Titletown Report. "We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football".

LaFleur's first day on the job in Green Bay was an emotional one.

At the same time, LaFleur will have to coach the entire 53-man team, not just the quarterback.

Rodgers has said in the past that he prefers his quarterback coaches to be guys who have actually played the position. That's when Gutekunst told the franchise quarterback to go ahead and reach out to LaFleur. Murphy said the council talked about a sense of complacency that had settled in among certain players this past season. "We need to get better and we need to play harder, and we think he can do that for us". "A lot better situation than the Packers were in, so in that sense, you got to be optimistic that he's going to be able to get it done for them", said Schmid.

It's already enough of a task to improve on a resume that saw LaFleur play a role in the Rams' offensive breakout in 2017, Matt Ryan's MVP season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 and Robert Griffin III's stellar rookie year in 2012. The setup will provide some continuity, with the head coach calling plays and a defensive coordinator handling everything on defense. The Titans finished 9-7 with a combination of Marcus Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and missed the playoffs. You look at the roster, you look at the success they're having this year. "I took the risk because I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach". The lessons I learned this year, I learned football is not easy. He then left the Rams to be a playcalling coordinator for the Titans last season - a move Murphy admired. A person familiar with the decision says LaFleur has accepted Green Bay's offer to become the next head coach of the Packers.

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