Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Packers' LaFleur excited to work with Rodgers

Packers' LaFleur excited to work with Rodgers

LaFleur served as offensive coordinator for the Titans under head coach Mike Vrabel last season.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 09: (L-R) head coach Matt LaFleur and President and CEO Mark Murphy of the Green Bay Packers introduce Matt LaFleur as head coach at Lambeau Field on January 09, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Murphy said none of the first eight candidates stood out. Joe Philbin went 2-2 as Green Bay's interim coach.

"I am so grateful for (the Titans) giving me the opportunity to be a play caller in this league", he said.

"The conversation went great", LaFleur said. Gutekunst would not speak to whether Rodgers had spoken to any of the other nine candidates during the interview process. His offense-mindedness is one of the reasons he has the job and others don't. His wife, BreAnne, was driving, and they were on their way to pick up their two young sons, Luke and Ty, from school. He spent the rest of his dad's interview wiping his eyes. "It's always a humbling experience to have an opportunity to interview with anybody for that position". Rodgers, receiver Davante Adams, and defensive end Mike Daniels are among the players on the council.

"He has the unique combination of a quiet confidence but yet a humility", Murphy said. They wanted a coach who would hold players accountable.

The latter will be important in Green Bay, because there will be a dedication to the running game to give the offense balance. LaFleur played quarterback for three seasons at DII-Saginaw Valley State.

"I love everything about being a quarterback", LaFleur said. You can have a huge impact on the game. "We need to get better and we need to play harder, and we think he can do that for us". Rodgers is a hard player to coach because he is extremely smart and independent. LaFleur not only will coordinate the offense in Green Bay but also will call plays. He thinks they are both already on the same page.

No matter how you slice up LaFleur's background, all signs point to him having a attractive relationship with Rodgers. Ryan was named MVP that 2016 season.

LaFleur, who has worked in the National Football League since 2008, also served as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. Tennessee didn't make the playoffs this past year, but LaFleur kept them in the hunt despite significant injuries, including to QB Marcus Mariota. "But he did it because it he knew it would help him become a head coach, to take on the play calling responsibility", Murphy said. It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster, in the success they are having there this year. "I took the risk because I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach".

The key to it all will be the relationship between the quarterback and playcaller.

LaFleur was in the auto at the time. "Fits the mold that everybody wants - young, sharp, good looking", said Schmid.

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