Packers hire Matt LaFleur

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And then there were seven.

Eight days after the conclusion of the 2018 regular season, the first of eight head-coaching jobs has been filled. The Packers, PFT has confirmed, have hired Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur.

The 39-year-old LaFleur, who played college football at Saginaw Valley State, started his coaching career there in 2003. After five years as a college coach, LaFleur became an offensive quality control coach with the Texans. Two years later, LaFleur joined Washington. Four seasons later, he served as quarterbacks coach in Atlanta, working with Kyle Shanahan. LaFleur then become offensive coordinator with the Rams for one year, before taking that same job in Tennessee (where he was working with a defensive coach, giving him more control over the offense).

Now, LaFleur becomes the man in charge of the Packers, with the No. 1 task of working with, and getting the most out of, quarterback Aaron Rodgers. LaFleur has worked with the likes of Matt Schaub, Donovan McNabb, Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and Marcus Mariota. Rodgers will, by far, be LaFleur’s best quarterback and, in turn, his biggest challenge.

As Rodgers, only four years younger than LaFleur, enters the stretch run of his career, LaFleur will be charged with trying to get the most out of a guy who, as it relates to the pursuit of championships, has underachieved in recent years. With G.M. Brian Gutekunst ready to spend on free agents, things could get very interesting very quickly in Green Bay.

175 responses to “Packers hire Matt LaFleur

  1. Aww man, the Packers make an excellent hire and my team is still stuck with Zimmer. Looks like we’re moving on down to the NFC cellar.

  2. Good because while I am sick of hearing about rings (the real GOATs didn’t always get rings, played in eras that were more balanced between O&D, and TEAMs win SBs, not QBs) he is arguably the QB with the most talent in the NFL. Don’t personally care for him but for the good of the NFL – greats need to compete and he has never had a team around him.

  3. Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards. How exactly does that earn one a head coaching job? This has disaster hire written all over it. They apparently think they’re getting the next Sean McVay just because LaFleur is also young, an offensive coordinator, and worked for him at some point. Forget trivial things like statistics and any track record of success.

  4. Honestly thought they would go with someone with HC experience. I guess young offensive guys are the new rage…. A

  5. Being oc and head coach are not hand in hand…mccarthys offense was poor in frisco when green bay hired him. He was pretty darn successful as hc. Awesome move here with hc. Go pack go.

  6. NFL organizations have no originality. The last two years its been hire the hot young offensive guru like McVay or Nagy. Next year it will be the hot defensive guy. Why not just hire the best, most adaptable, proven guy rather than focus on age and specialty?

  7. I think Lafleur is hired to mentor the NEXT guy. Rodgers should be traded. With him they’re barely a playoff team because he costs too much. The trend is solid team, add a QB under the rookie contract and go. To me, this is a feast or famine choice. Either hello 1970’s or GB wins championships.

  8. Now Vikings,…maybe LeFluer would like Cousins to be his QB…see where I’m going…
    Insane, I know

  9. Not much to work with on that Titans roster. Delanie Walker out in week 1, Mariota always injured, Corey Davis your best wr, defensive minded rookie head coach…

    When he was the OC for the Rams, granted with McVay calling plays, I believe LA averaged around 30 ppg to lead the NFL.

    Given the recent history in Green Bay of coaches lasting more than a decade this is a young offensive minded coach who, if successful sooner rather than later, will be there after Rodgers calls it a career.

    Packers fans might want to give this guy a chance…

  10. jhorton83 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards. How exactly does that earn one a head coaching job? This has disaster hire written all over it. They apparently think they’re getting the next Sean McVay just because LaFleur is also young, an offensive coordinator, and worked for him at some point. Forget trivial things like statistics and any track record of success.

    7 4 Rate This

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    Two words: Marcus Mariota.

  11. Hmmm Matt LaFleur – sounds more like a hockey coach.
    When Rodgers throws three touchdowns in a game – Hat-trick.
    Unsportsmanlike conduct – 15 yards or a 2 minute powerplay. This should be interesting.

  12. “LaFleur has worked with the likes of Matt Schaub, Donovan McNabb, Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and Marcus Mariota.”

    Not the highest achieving crew there.
    In most respects they’re underachievers.
    He’s perfect for Green Bay!!!

  13. I don’t he helped in offenses that were extremely effective in Atl and the Rams in which Goff went to from laughing stock to a viable starter.

    I also feel this leaves the Door open for Pettine to stay, I don’t feel tha Munchak or McDaniel would have let this go, I also feel that Pettine staying will help some of the younger players grow, like Clark, Alexander, Martinez and Fackrell.

  14. This is a terrible hire. It’s amazing how one or two good seasons as a coordinator warrants a head coaching hire in this league. A few good examples are Vance Joseph and Josh McDaniels. McCarthy is going to get the last laugh when everything is said and done, as if he hasn’t already.

  15. Now that this team has gone downhill, I am finally starting to like them. As long as the new coach keeps the losing trend going, the team will have gained a huge fan who will be cheering for them every week . . . to lose.

  16. ninefingers9 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm
    Sweet! Bears, Lions and Vikings fans like this.

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Would that be the same fans who come to Lambeau every year to see what multiple Lombardi trophies look like?

  17. jhorton83 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards. How exactly does that earn one a head coaching job? This has disaster hire written all over it. They apparently think they’re getting the next Sean McVay just because LaFleur is also young, an offensive coordinator, and worked for him at some point. Forget trivial things like statistics and any track record of success.
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    And when LaFleur took over the Rams in 2017, he took over an offense that was #32 in points and yards in 2016 and it became the #1 in points and #10 in yards in 2017. So apparently they did look at stats and track record, however small the sample is. But applying someone’s worth based on a season or two of stats as a coordinator is silly, and teams look at so much more than that. Do you think that coaches are chosen solely on previous statistics? Everyone likes to make comments on whether or not someone made the right coaching hire. It makes about as much sense as commenting on who had a good draft before any draftee has played a down in the NFL.

  18. So, this likely means McDaniels wasnt that interested. Taking that a step further that suggests that McDaniels, who has behind doors knowledge of whats happening really, sees himself as getting the HC job in NE sooner not later. And that would then suggest that the post Belichick era is coming sooner not later.

    This is a very aar reaching speculation, no need to tell me that. But I do notice the possible way of reading the tea leaves in these events.. Im actually a Pats fan but I forgot to give the haters anything for Christmas so I will here offer them this little glimmer of hope to cherish.

  19. This is an intriguing pic, but a bit of an unknown as to how good a HC he will be. I had very similar feelings when McCarthy was hired and that turned out pretty well. For those who believe an enforcer and not a “QB” whisperer is needed to get Rodgers back on track, you aren’t living in reality. Rodger’s needs fixing and LaFleur may be just the answer. Matt’s staff choices will be huge and as a Packer’s fan I will only ask for two things out of the chute: 1. Make Pettine an offer to stay as DC and 2. Find a special teams coach worth something. Go Pack.

  20. Wow. I expected a second round of interviews with finalists. Last time, it came down to Sean Payton or Mike McCarthy. Very surprised one week of interviews yielded a decision, WITHOUT even visiting the facilities in Green Bay. He must have had one heck of an interview.

  21. Now we need a great draft to build a defense, a free agent or two and we’ll be back in contention….

  22. ariani1985 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    This reeks of desperation!

    Bwaaaaaaaaah!
    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Yeah, you would almost think that the Packers have been in the NFL for almost 60 years and still have nothing to show for it.

  23. philcodean says:
    January 7, 2019 at 7:05 pm Rodger’s needs fixing

    You can say that Rodgers needs fixing – I think the whole offense needs fixing. I would hope that Lafleur keeps the Defenive co-ordinator and whomever else on that side of the ball that is deemed worthy after review. I would hope that the Special teams bunch is retooled from scratch and the all of the Offensive guys are set free with only those that fit Lafleurs eye are brought back. Time for AR to trust and run the system – much like Favre was forced to do under McCarthy. For you guys dumping on the Titans success – Mariota was a banddaid and can not play through pain. McCarthy had a horrible season with the 49ers the year before joining the Pack – that is all water under the bridge – hopefully Lafleur will be given some guidance and enough free rein to have the type of staff that he needs to change things around – and by keeping the D staff together it will be one thing less to have a big worry about. IMHO

  24. “PurpleKoolaid78 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    Too little too late… Rodger’s is already set in his losing ways!”

    I’d say with a QB record of 100-57-1 he knows how to win. Be interesting to add up all the wins and losses of all the Vikings starters in the same time period . . .

  25. “So, this likely means McDaniels wasnt that interested. Taking that a step further that suggests that McDaniels, who has behind doors knowledge of whats happening really, sees himself as getting the HC job in NE sooner not later. ”

    Or it could mean that McD gets hired by the Browns.

  26. As a Packers fan, it may be time to find myself a new team. What a pathetic hire.

  27. Hopefully the Packers offered the job to Josh McD first, then yanked the football away.

  28. I would pay to see Lafleur’s face the first time Rodgers changes Lafleur’s play in the huddle from a sensible take what the defense if giving play into a glory play for Rodgers.

  29. This guy was a complete disaster in his one year as QB coach at Notre Dame in 2014. Everett Golson was the senior starter then, and had led them to the National Championship game 2 years earlier. Golson became a turnover machine under LaFleur’s tutelage (14 INTs and 8 fumbles), and was benched toward the end of the season. No one shed a tear when LaFleur left after one year.

  30. Like the hire.

    For those wondering if Pettine will be retained; LaFleur had Mike Pettine on his own list of DC’s when he was interviewed. It is not a done deal, but it very much looks like Mike Pettine will remain as DC. That is more good news.

    Like the direction the defense was heading in and really like the new possibilities for the offense.

    Exciting times!

    Looking forward to the press conference. Let’s do it tomorrow!

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  31. I’m sure everyone was saying some of the same things about Doug Peterson, Sean McVay and Matt Nagy.

    I dont know the future but the McCarthy era had run its course, so new blood was needed.

    Dont know much about Lafleur but I like the hire. Lets see what he can accomplish. I do hope he keeps Pettine but if not Todd Bowles would be a pretty sweet hire for him if he was smart.

  32. This pick is a little bit of a head-scratcher but none of us really knows how it will turn out until we see how it goes. Anyone who is super-excited about this hire is just as delusional as anyone who dumps on it. I assume he had a great interview and great references and he didn’t get the job just because he’s young and knows something about offense.

    If he had been hired as the OC of the Vikings, I probably would have been mildly optimistic, so I’ll give him that.

  33. Good, glad it wasn’t McDaniel! Now, hoping this coach is a total train wreck and Rodger-dodger will go declining. That way the cheeseheads will be on a verge of decline for years to come.

  34. Hmmm… young, creative offensive mind, should be around for the next decade or so. Meanwhile, over on the wrong side of the Mississippi, they have a defensive-minded coach who’s lost control of his players more times than we can count, won’t accept responsibility for his failure and keeps firing his offensive coordinator as if that will fix things, and is just daring his owner to fire him. Yet if you listen to the viking fans, they’ve got the best situation in the world. Lol, seriously, lol at the viking fans.

  35. I hope he realizes glitz is fun but as we are now seeing in the playoffs it comes down to defense. Ours is a mess… I think with another year of experience for our rookie receivers and some help on the line our offense will be fine.

  36. I would have liked to see them at least interview Vic Fangio, but bottom line is, the Packers did interview a rather large pool of candidates. LeFleur must have said all the things Murphy wanted to hear. Safe to say, whether it works out or not, Murphy got the guy he wanted. They’ll likely sink or swim together, and only time will tell which they will actually do.

  37. Probably looking for someone with a low key personality to work and give Rodgers everything he wants.i looked at their schedule and if they can win 4 games next year they will be lucky, and those four will be tough fights.

  38. frank booth says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    jhorton83 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards. How exactly does that earn one a head coaching job? This has disaster hire written all over it. They apparently think they’re getting the next Sean McVay just because LaFleur is also young, an offensive coordinator, and worked for him at some point. Forget trivial things like statistics and any track record of success.
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    And when LaFleur took over the Rams in 2017, he took over an offense that was #32 in points and yards in 2016 and it became the #1 in points and #10 in yards in 2017. So apparently they did look at stats and track record, however small the sample is.
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    Okay, but let’s not act like LeFleur was the genius behind the Rams offense. McVay is the guy who came up with the offense and called the plays. LaFleur left for the Titans after one year because he wanted the opportunity to call plays. He took over a team that was 23rd in yards gained and 19th in points scored in 2017 and those rankings decreased in his one year. There could be any number of reasons for that, but you can’t point to his track record for the reason he was hired.

  39. Shocker – wasn’t generally thought to be in the top half of candidates. Much will depend on the staff he hires. Keep Pettine, get a new conditioning crew, and he’ll be off to a good start. I’d ask Philbin if he’d stay too, since the team seems to like him.
    Anyway, even if he bombs it’ll let GB get rid of Murphy. That wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.

  40. All this talk about McCarthy is silly whether you loved him or hated him. He spent a LONG time GB, won a SB, and was the ONLY coach Rodgers had, they had a good run but it was time for EVERYONE to get a fresh start.

    Doug Pederson wasn’t considered the best pick by some people, and was bashed by some whom have had to eat their words. So lets see what the man can do before you all start putting him on a pedestal, or crucifying him.

  41. jhorton83 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards. How exactly does that earn one a head coaching job? This has disaster hire written all over it. They apparently think they’re getting the next Sean McVay just because LaFleur is also young, an offensive coordinator, and worked for him at some point. Forget trivial things like statistics and any track record of success.
    ______________

    You know, you’re right.
    I wondered the exact same thing as Green Bay hired Mike McCarthy back in 2006.
    He was coming off a one year stint as the 49er’s OC, who’s offense ranked 30th in points scored and dead last in yards.
    As history has shown, he built an offensive juggernaut that rolled to great success here in Green Bay.

    Truth be known, I really didn’t expect the Packers to tap Matt LaFluer as the man to lead them into the future.
    Though he’s been highly recommended by NFL personnel, He’s small on experience and a bit of an unknown factor.
    The lackluster stats in Tennessee could be attributed to a lot of things.
    They had a starting QB who’d been dealing with nerve damage in his elbow, could have been a lack of talent at skill positions, or maybe he just didn’t have the time to do the job in one season.

    Personally, I was lobbying for Dan Campbell (Saints) to get the job.
    A coach with a ton of experience working in a lot of different positions and an assistant HC to Sean Payton.
    He seemed like a natural fit.

    LaFluer must have really Wowed them yesterday, especially since I was expecting subsequent interviews back in Green Bay.

    Now I, nor you, really have no idea what kind of HC LaFluer will make.
    What I do know is Green Bay has professionals employed to do thier job and if experience is any indication they’ll have the patience to let Matt do his.
    Now it’s up to Gutekunst to give ohim the tools.

  42. Frank Booth says…

    And when LaFleur took over the Rams in 2017, he took over an offense that was #32 in points and yards in 2016 and it became the #1 in points and #10 in yards in 2017.
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    LaFleur didn’t call the plays for the Rams. McVay did.

    He left the Rams so he could show his “offensive” genius with the Titans.

    Could this be Ray Rhodes 2.0?

  43. viciousjay says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm
    Love this pick as a Bears fan, you have no chance anytime soon.
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    Funny, the Bears have no chance anytime soon, either. A merry “doink-doink” to you!

  44. Titans fired Mularkey and Robiskie because they “weren’t getting enough out of Marcus Mariota”, how did that work out? Tennessee averaged 6 more points per 60 minutes of play with Gabbert at QB compared to Mariota last season.

  45. This is the rare win/win/win

    Packers fans are happy because they think they are getting a young, hot, clever coach

    Packers management are happy for the same reasons

    Titans fans are happy because we got rid of our awful offensive coordinator that didn’t know how to use one of the top RBs in the game and always got too cute for his own good in gutsy situations, like 4th and 1

    I’d call it a great day!

  46. Nobody has a clue if this will be a good hire or not. But, all you Vikings fans should be more worried about the coaching on your team; you had your chance and choked. All you Bears fans, you should be more worried about winning your 1st playoff game. Detroit, you should just be worried period.

  47. jhorton83 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards. How exactly does that earn one a head coaching job?
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    Pats offense has always been successful but how did McDaniels do as a HC? Doesn’t mean anything.

  48. jasons81 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 8:08 pm
    This is the rare win/win/win

    Packers fans are happy because they think they are getting a young, hot, clever coach

    Packers management are happy for the same reasons

    Titans fans are happy because we got rid of our awful offensive coordinator that didn’t know how to use one of the top RBs in the game and always got too cute for his own good in gutsy situations, like 4th and 1

    I’d call it a great day!
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    Fortunately, the Packers have a QB that can execute on 4th down.

  49. jhorton83 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards. How exactly does that earn one a head coaching job?
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    Very good question.

    He is a Rogers “Yes” man.

  50. I’d call it a questionable hire, to put it as nicely as possible. But who knows, it may work out.

  51. Rodgers is a great QB, but he’ll eat this coach alive, Rodgers will be changing the play calls in no time. Rodgers is a red flag.

  52. viciousjay says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm
    Love this pick as a Bears fan, you have no chance anytime soon.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    DOINK, DOINK

  53. frank booth says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:58 pm
    jhorton83 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards. How exactly does that earn one a head coaching job? This has disaster hire written all over it. They apparently think they’re getting the next Sean McVay just because LaFleur is also young, an offensive coordinator, and worked for him at some point. Forget trivial things like statistics and any track record of success.
    ==========================================================================================
    And when LaFleur took over the Rams in 2017, he took over an offense that was #32 in points and yards in 2016 and it became the #1 in points and #10 in yards in 2017. So apparently they did look at stats and track record, however small the sample is. But applying someone’s worth based on a season or two of stats as a coordinator is silly, and teams look at so much more than that. Do you think that coaches are chosen solely on previous statistics? Everyone likes to make comments on whether or not someone made the right coaching hire. It makes about as much sense as commenting on who had a good draft before any draftee has played a down in the NFL
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    Only problem w/ your arguement is that LeFleur DIDNT TAKE OVER THE RAMS offense, some guy did McVay took LA’s offense & all play calling duties over.

    Coach LeFleur left after the 2017 ended because he wanted to RUN AN NFL Offense & wanted to call the plays & he badly struggled in year 1. QB Marcus Mariota actually REGRESSED instead of showing progress & getting better which didnt happen.

  54. VIKINGS ARE WORLD CHAMPS!!!! says:

    January 7, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Aww man, the Packers make an excellent hire and my team is still stuck with Zimmer. Looks like we’re moving on down to the NFC cellar.
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    A shame you cant come up with something original on your own. Copying others is very unbecoming.

  55. Good for the Packers !!!! I’m glad they found their man, i’m just glad they didnt sign Arizona’s future head man in Kyle Kingsbury who is the actual best offensive head coach candidate on the market. Kingsbury is an offenses are a thing of beauty on the field & he excels working with & getting the most out of QB’s. If a team can pair Kingsbury up with a veteran successful DC who would pretty much be the HC of the defense taking over all the responsibilities on that side of the ball letting Kingsbury focus solely on building up the offense that is a recipe for success. It’s reported AZ has a very strong interest in Kingsbury becoming their new HC & the feeling is mutual hopefully Arizona can land Kingsbury as HC & Todd Bowles as DC which would be a tremendous staff. Kingsbury would get the most out QB Josh Rosen building his offense up around him to suit Rosen’s strength’s and would get very creative w/ how he uses the back on the roster w/ one of the NFL’s best in RB/WR David Johnson who he’d get open in space , hopefully the Cardinals hire him and soon.

  56. Vikings4Life says:
    January 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    Rodgers is a great QB, but he’ll eat this coach alive, Rodgers will be changing the play calls in no time. Rodgers is a red flag.

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    What’s your point? Any quarterback worth his salt has the authority to change play calls if they want to.

  57. NFC North is the Matt division:
    Matt LaFleur GB
    Matt Nagy CHI
    Matt Patricia DET
    Mike (Doormat) Zimmer

  58. As a Packer fan, predicting 8-8 @ best. But then again, when they hired MM I said the same thing based on his record in San Fran. Just happy there’s a new face with something to prove.

  59. On twitter there is at least a half dozen former NFL quarterbacks praising this hire, and they pretty much all say that LaFleur will, to paraphrase, “challenge Rodgers every single day”. So I guess we’ll have to wait to see who is right; the people on this thread saying Rodgers got his yes man, or real NFL players that actually know him and played under him.

  60. I say let us give him a chance before we bury him. Mariota was healthy .. what 2 games? So I am sure that affected everything offensively. Also, I do not remember. Maybe someone can help with this. Didn’t Bellecheck “suck” too when he go the Patriots job? Didn’t EVERYONE say “DO NOT HIRE THE GUY!” ? So how did that work out?

  61. Given the choice of a coordinator with some good coaching experience working up the ladder to a retread HC, I’ll take the former any day. You know Vikings fans would have been jumping all over the Packers hire if it has been someone like Caldwell.

    Hard to say if this is going to work out in the long term, but I feel Pettine will stick around as DC for some continuity while LeFluer can work on installing his offense with the Packers. Having to learn a new playbook will probably benefit Rogers in the long run and kick him out of the offensive rut that he’d been stuck in with McCarthy since 2006.

  62. I think his brother Peter managed Average Joe’s and took them to a championship. The Pack thinks it must be in the bloodlines…

    They just need a kicker named Steve… ARGHHHH

  63. I’m curious to see how it works out. GB typically looks for longevity/steadiness in a coach, but this is one time were they have some pressure to succeed right away. They won’t fire the guy after one or two seasons, so this is almost certainly the last coach Rodgers will work with in GB. If it doesn’t work out, he may have to ask for a trade. Doubt it comes to that but will be interesting to see it play out.

  64. beerbratscheese says:
    January 7, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    jasons81 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 8:08 pm
    This is the rare win/win/win

    Packers fans are happy because they think they are getting a young, hot, clever coach

    Packers management are happy for the same reasons

    Titans fans are happy because we got rid of our awful offensive coordinator that didn’t know how to use one of the top RBs in the game and always got too cute for his own good in gutsy situations, like 4th and 1

    I’d call it a great day!
    —————
    Fortunately, the Packers have a QB that can execute on 4th down.

    ______

    Why 4th down? Guess having him execute in 3 tries is asking for a little too much.

  65. Word is he told the Packers what they wanted to hear: he would like to keep a lof of the staff already on board. I hurd a rumor McDanny said no, he would pick his own staff if he got the job and they balked?

  66. ariani1985 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:45 pm
    This will assure another last place finish for the pack!
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    I’m with you. Per their schedule and considering the team that just got pasted by the Lions, I dont think the packers will get more then 4 wins next season at best. At least they would lose Mac and Gutt and get a very high first round pick.

  67. webbie90 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 7:24 pm
    This guy was a complete disaster in his one year as QB coach at Notre Dame in 2014. Everett Golson was the senior starter then, and had led them to the National Championship game 2 years earlier. Golson became a turnover machine under LaFleur’s tutelage (14 INTs and 8 fumbles), and was benched toward the end of the season. No one shed a tear when LaFleur left after one year.
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    LaFleur taught Golson how to throw picks and drop the ball in his year there? That’s pretty amazing. Golson also threw 17 more TD passes than he had thrown the year before. Who knows if it was LaFleur’s tutelage or Golson was just terrible with turnovers that year. I doubt that you would blame fumbles on a QB coach.

  68. cribbage12 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Ponder this: he’ll have the same number of Super Bowl trophies as the Vikings entire franchise – right out of the gate.
    )))))))))))))))))
    Talk about the new hire not this nonsense. You didn’t make a good point here at all, so there is nothing to ponder. LaFleur is going to have to kiss Rodgers behind from the start because Rodgers has been on record as wanting Philbin as his coach. That will put him in a bad position – right out of the gate. I agree with the packer fans that said I would have at the very least interviewed Fangio. Gute isn’t starting off so well.

  69. Good luck to Matt LaFleur.

    I’m fairly ambivalent about the Green Bay Packers, but they are in the NFL pantheon. It’s better when they’re competitive and playing good football.

  70. Should be interesting. Probably smart that they steered away from McDaniels. Im trying to guess who the Packers could have picked where the usual Vikings trolls would not have made all the hackneyed criticisms of Rodgers and predictions of doom. Real Vikings fans are looking forward to a healthy competition next year in the NFC North. Hard to believe that not making the playoffs hasnt slowed the bravado from my colleagues.

  71. McDaniels is an excellent coordinator one of the best in the business. All he did was change his mind after accepting a job something people do every day. A lot of people were ok with Kliff Klingsbury doing it so what is this just Patriots hate

  72. Wow.. long day at work and this was JUST the pick me up I needed. I had heard rumors that the pack was interested in LaFleur but never in a million years did I think they’d actually pull the trigger on hiring him. One would think that with the absurd organizational structure of the packers, they’d make a more original or at least unconventional hire.

    But nope, hire the “young, brilliant offensive mind” like every other team is doing (whether they’re actually brilliant or not). Screenshot this, write it down, etch it into your beer bellies with a fork, do whatever it is you people do in Wisconsin to remember things, but mark my words: You guys will deeply regret hiring LeFleur as your head coach.

  73. Well a quick hire allows them to fill the rest of the staff with pretty much everyone available. Don’t know anything about this guy so I reckon its wait and see. Good luck, from a Vikings fan.

  74. Damning indictment of McDaniels.

    McCarthy was fired and it’s no secret that both Murphy and Gute wanted Josh. It was him or Harbaugh. McDaniels comes in, they talk, get to know him, who he is etc and he wasn’t considered after that.

    You know they grilled him on Denver and Indy – apparently didn’t like the answer. They grilled him on NE – didn’t like that answer either.

    I like LaFleur as a hire – he has the resume I’d want, don’t know him as a man but apparently – something about McDaniels AS A MAN turned off the Packers.

  75. It seems like the Packers wanted to hire McDaniels without actually hiring him. I can see the logic of this pick; we will have to see how LaFleur holds up to the challenge of dealing with Rodgers.

  76. beerbratscheese says:

    Fortunately, the Packers have a QB that can execute on 4th down.
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    You apparently didn’t watch Rodgers 2 yard bounce passes this past season….

    And FWIW – the Packers were 50% on 4th down conversions – Tennessee converted 58% of the time.

    Maybe “execute” isn’t the term you wanted to use in reference to Rodgers.

  77.  

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    “Alan Light says:

    January 7, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    He’ll be fired after a 10-22 record and two years with GB….”

    So another words he will have equaled the Great Mike McCarthy’s record of the last 2 years, yes?

  78. I hope Rodgers changes the play every time he feels it’s necessary to do so. If you have a quarterback that is able to change plays and has the talent to assess and execute, why…..as a fan……would you not want this? Would you rather have a “guaranteed” solution that can only follow a script? That’s sounds like a pretender, not a leader or a winner. Rodgers is both. If this new coach likes to win, he’s going to love Rodgers.

  79. blizzardwarning says:
    January 7, 2019 at 8:01 pm
    viciousjay says:
    January 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm
    Love this pick as a Bears fan, you have no chance anytime soon.
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    Funny, the Bears have no chance anytime soon, either. A merry “doink-doink” to you!
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    Funny thing is the Bears are only a bounce away, the Packers, not so much. The Pack need a lot more than an overrated and old Aaron Rodgers.

  80. It looks like the Packers will be back in the drivers seat and once again the team to beat in the NFCN division next season. The postseason is too difficult for everyone else. It takes more than wishing, hoping, and praying.

  81. Working with one of the best QB’s in the game. He’ll do what he should, build an offense around that QB and involve him in every aspect of that offense. Everyone who is trashing Rodgers, saying he is running the team are fools. When someone has that talent and experience he should be very involved in the offense.

    I am waiting to see what happens in free agency and the draft. The weakness of this team has been Defense and Special Teams for a long, long time.

  82. Meanwhile, the Vikings are stuck with retread Zimmer and a terrible $80 million QB, while the Bears will have the first place, tougher schedule next year. Looks like the whole, “Oh, the Packers are going to be bad for the next 10 years” gibberish from their fan bases, just went down the drain. Hilarious.

  83. gtodriver says:
    January 7, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Could this be Ray Rhodes 2.0?

    ++++++

    Ray Rhodes took an 11 win team and won 8 games. Zimmy the genius just took a 13 win team and won 8 games. Let that sink in!

  84. Remember that “genius” the 49ers hired that was supposed to be the next walsh.But they lost jimmy g some people will say and my rebuttal would be BB went 11-5 with matt cassel.The titans offense was as predictable as a clock.

  85. packerlies says:

    Ray Rhodes took an 11 win team and won 8 games.
    ###

    And was fired at the end of the year.

  86. As Packers fan I say RELAX.
    We cannot say this guy is not a good hire until we see what he puts on the field. We cannot say if Rodgers will get along with him for all we know they may know each other and will be just fine. Also, keep in mind Pettine is going to stay and be the defensive coordinator.

    Now the big thing is for the new GM to fill all those holes in the roster which if that isn’t fixed no one is winning.

  87. “Wow. Did they actually watch the Titans offense this year? They were ranked #27 in points, #25 in total yards, and #29 in passing yards.”

    Gee,maybe if their very good quarterback Marcus Marriota had not had a nerve problem all season that caused his hand to go numb they would have made the playoffs with much better stats. this could turn out to be a great pick for the Packers and probably will with all the injured starters returning next season along with a healthy Rodgers.

  88. boiler72 says:

    January 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Meanwhile, the Vikings are stuck with retread Zimmer and a terrible $80 million QB, while the Bears will have the first place, tougher schedule next year. Looks like the whole, “Oh, the Packers are going to be bad for the next 10 years” gibberish from their fan bases, just went down the drain. Hilarious.
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    You do realize what the diffrence between th 1st and 3rd place schedule is don’t you? 2 games!

    Packers play the falcons and the 49ers. bears play the rams and the saints. otherwise the other 14 games are identical.

    That you believe in the 1st place “tougher schedule” nonsense is what is hilarious.

    I’m not even going to touch on your other inane comments. You’re a Packers fan and you cannot be reasoned with. You think they will just plug in a new coach and everything is fixed.

    Have another pabst, it’s 930 am already.

  89. So after clearly proving arodg is not capable of carrying a team, the Packers have an opportunity to bring in a defensive head coach to solidify that side of the ball. Yet they go with the young offensive minded coach? I don’t see this one working out well.

  90. stellarperformance says:

    January 8, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I hope Rodgers changes the play every time he feels it’s necessary to do so. If you have a quarterback that is able to change plays and has the talent to assess and execute, why…..as a fan……would you not want this? Would you rather have a “guaranteed” solution that can only follow a script? That’s sounds like a pretender, not a leader or a winner. Rodgers is both. If this new coach likes to win, he’s going to love Rodgers.
    ==================================================

    10-10-1 in his last 21 games started.

    Sounds like your proverbial wishing, hoping and praying, doesn’t it?

    Once, just once, I’d love to see you post something that doesn’t involve your top 5 clichés.

    You are a chatty cathy doll. Someone must pull your string and you type out a wishing post, or a fight picker post.

    You are clown shoes dude.

  91. Wow! Several Barneys are ridiculing the Packers newest hire.
    Color me shocked, I never saw that coming. (Eye Roll)

    I would think the Barneys should be more concerned about their own coaching quagmire.
    They’re going to find it difficult as it is to possibly tap an OC knowing his employment may be limited and his reputation abused by mid-season.

    As well as having a HC who can barely coach a team, that’s loaded with Hall of Famers at every position, to more than a one or two game advantage (Depending how unbiased you viewed week 2) over a team most Barneys deem as a talentless dumpster fire. skoLOL!

  92. hawkkiller says:
    January 7, 2019 at 9:09 pm
    Good for the Packers !!!! I’m glad they found their man, i’m just glad they didnt sign Arizona’s future head man in Kyle Kingsbury…

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    Not sure about Kyle Kingsberry but Kliff is sure a hell of a coach.

  93. As a Packer fan, am I the only one more concerned about our defense then our offense. We had a banged up QB and tight end and two rookies starting at receiver. I think the offense will be ok… We need a nasty defense that creates a short field and can stop people on key 3rd downs. Watching the playoffs proves that in order to take those “final steps” a strong pass rush and defense with an attitude is necessary….

  94. “McCarthy is going to get the last laugh when everything is said and done, as if he hasn’t already.”

    MM will bring his new failed offensive scheme to his new team and they too will suffer just like AR and the Packers did.MM has no imagination and is boring.it would have been interesting to see how they fared had he not messed with the schematics on offense.

  95. Doesn’t matter.

    Rodgers’ mega deal was the kiss of death. It’s fate.
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    His cap hit next year is $26.5mil, 7th for QBs in 2019. SEVENTH

    As of now, he has the highest cap hit for 2020… but consider; Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Phillip Rivers don’t have contracts for 2020.. and Pat Mahomes will be in his contract year.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of your silly narrative…

  96. Damning indictment of McDaniels.
    =====

    Maybe they didn’t want to wait until after the Pats Playoff fate was decided?

    Maybe he came in and demanded personnel control?

    Maybe they heard from back channels that the Browns would blow their offer out of the water.. or that the Pats would do the same to keep him?

  97. stellarperformance says:
    January 8, 2019 at 8:02 am
    It looks like the Packers will be back in the drivers seat and once again the team to beat in the NFCN division next season. The postseason is too difficult for everyone else. It takes more than wishing, hoping, and praying.
    ———————————

    The offseason championship happened early this year. Congratulations!!

  98. What a shallow field of coaching candidates. This guy’s offense was terrible but he’s seen as being a great innovator. And there are guys who just got fired in college for losing who are getting multiple interviews.

  99. What a shallow field of coaching candidates.
    ======

    Its the McVay-effect. Everybody wants the next young uber genius.

    Great, I say!! I’m glad the Packers didn’t hire one of the constant retreads that somehow continue to work their way into these conversations.

    Its clearly time to throw the old out. Colleges can’t seem to supply the pros with anything other than spread offense players. If you can’t fit them into your scheme, your dead!

  100. dwightiam says:
    January 7, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I say let us give him a chance before we bury him. Mariota was healthy .. what 2 games? So I am sure that affected everything offensively. Also, I do not remember. Maybe someone can help with this. Didn’t Bellecheck “suck” too when he go the Patriots job? Didn’t EVERYONE say “DO NOT HIRE THE GUY!” ? So how did that work out?
    __________

    Given that the Jets hired him the day before the Patriots did, I think there were quite a few people that were on board with him.

  101. stellarperformance says:
    January 8, 2019 at 8:02 am

    It looks like the Packers will be back in the drivers seat and once again the team to beat in the NFCN division next season. The postseason is too difficult for everyone else. It takes more than wishing, hoping, and praying.
    _________

    Welcome back! It was so sad to see you ever so slowly acknowledge that the Packers were not the team to beat in the NFC North this season. Now we get to hear that meaningless statement over and over and over again all offseason. Last year the optimism was based on hiring a new defensive coordinator and GM, and having Rodgers back for a full season, but the team got worse. This year it’s based on hiring a new head coach. Now please explain how your statement is based on anything other than wishing, hoping, and praying. Do you even remember what it’s like to be in the postseason?

  102. stellarperformance says:
    January 8, 2019 at 8:02 am

    It looks like the Packers will be back in the drivers seat and once again the team to beat in the NFCN division next season. The postseason is too difficult for everyone else. It takes more than wishing, hoping, and praying

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Are you kidding me? “ the packers are the team to beat” We have heard that for the last two seasons. At least wait until the season starts. It’s going to be a long off season if stella is starting his championship talk before the current season is over.

  103. boiler72 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Meanwhile, the Vikings are stuck with retread Zimmer

    ))))))))))))
    Yeah having a top 5 defense is brutal.

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