New coach Matt LaFleur confirms he'll call plays for Packers offense

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New coach Matt LaFleur confirms he'll call plays for Packers offense

LaFleur joined the Titans in 2018 with nine previous years of National Football League coaching experience.

It's good that LaFleur and Rodgers have already started talking, because the new head coach's success or failure depends in Green Bay will be measured by one question: Can he get the most out of Rodgers's last few seasons?

See video as it happened of the news conference above.

"He's a quality coach and I'm glad we got him", said Bill Schmid, 105.7 The Fan.

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.

After nine interviews with those candidates, the Packers felt there were strong candidates but no one stood out.

"Matt was our last candidate, and we'd heard great things about Matt through our vetting process. So were really excited going into it".

The Packers are certainly one of the most prestigious organizations in the National Football League and in professional sports in general, but they have fallen on some hard times over the last two years.

Randall Cobb does the famous 'Lambeau leap' with Packers fans
Randall Cobb does the famous'Lambeau leap with Packers fans

The Packers needed to strike a delicate balance with their hire.

"We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers", said Murphy in Tuesday's written release from the team.

He'd spent the 2017 season as the Los Angeles Rams' offensive coordinator under Sean McVay, and Murphy said he believed LaFleur would have been "the hot candidate".

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. Regardless of who the team brings on as offensive coordinator - or if they opt to carry on with a pass and run game coordinator as an alternative - that won't change. "I took the risk because I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach".

Green Bay went just 6-9-1 and missed the playoffs this season, marking the first time since 2006 that the Packers have failed to qualify for the postseason in back-to-back campaigns. So I think we're in alignment there because, like I said before, this game is about winning.

And LaFleur can only hope it goes as well as it did with another MVP quarterback he coached. You're either going to get better or you're going to get worse.

"I couldn't think of a greater place to be a head coach in all of sports". "There's a lot of work to be done in front of us, but just looking forward to that opportunity".

The Packers were the only team the 39-year-old LaFleur talked to. And the Packers are convinced he can both lead the team and reinvigorate Rodgers.

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