Packers announce Matt LaFleur

AP

Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy. Now Matt LaFleur.

LaFleur joins a legendary list of Packers coaches, with the team making his hiring official as the 15th head coach in franchise history.

“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers,” president and chief executive officer Mark Murphy said. “We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football. We’re also excited about the person—he is bright with a great work ethic and a perfect fit for Green Bay and the organization.”

LaFleur, 39, has worked under Mike Shanahan, Gary Kubiak, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay and with quarterbacks Matt Schaub, Donovan McNabb, Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and Marcus Mariota.

“Matt is smart, organized and has a great vision for the path forward for our team,” Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst said. “His values and personality fit the culture of our organization. He has a tremendous ability to build relationships on multiple levels, which is a very important aspect in leading a football team.”

32 responses to “Packers announce Matt LaFleur

  1. Welcome to the Green Bay Packers Coach. May you continue the grand tradition of excellence that has always been the foundation of Green Bay Packer football. We’ll see you at Lambeau – and every other stadium at which you play!!!

  2. Excited for the fresh start this team will get with the coaching change. If Gute can get the needed players for LaFleur, I like the final push that the Pack can make as the organization begins the long autumn of Rodger’s career. Go Pack!

  3. Lambeau, Lombardi, LaFleur (we will leave out Lindy Infante and Lisle Blackbourn as other “L’s). Go Pack!

  4. Really? What exactly has he shown that tells you he is HC material? I know he cannot turn the kid down if offered but I see no credible evidence this is a great or even good hire.

  5. The Packers will formally introduce Matt LaFleur as the new head coach of the Green Bay Packers at 3 p.m. today at Lambeau Field.

    Matt is indeed the 15th head coach of the Packers and the 2nd youngest at 39 yrs old.

    We all welcome Matt, his wife BreAnne, and their 2 sons, Luke and Ty, to the Packers family!

    #WelcomeToTitleTownCoach

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  6. When I see Matt Ryan had his best season and MVP season with Matt LaFleur as his QB coach, I can’t help but think a two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers and Matt may have some success together.

    As a Vikings fan, some of my worst fears are being realized with Green Bay getting their guy and Minnesota stuck with Zimm. No good offensive minds want to be around our head coach. Stefanski wants out too. Who are we going to get? This is bad and will only get worse. This is the first time I have actually considered not paying my season tickets bill.

  7. “LaFleur joins a legendary list of Packers coaches, with the team making his hiring official as the 15th head coach in franchise history.”

    Let’s review the last 50 years of Packers non winning coaches:

    1968 – 1970 – Bengston – 20 wins/21 losses/1 tie

    1971 – 1974 – Devine – 25 wins/27 losses/4 ties

    1975 – 1983 – Starr – 52 wins/76 losses/3 ties

    1984 – 1987 – Gregg – 29 wins/37 losses/1 tie

    1988 – 1991 – Infante – 24 wins/40 losses

    1999 – 1999 – Rhodes – 8 wins/8 losses

    So that leaves Holmgren, Sherman and McCarthy as the legendary coaches in the last 50 years.

    If you want to go back through the first 50 years with non winning coaches…

    There is McLean, Blackburn and Ronzani…

    So in 100 years of football, the Packers have had 5 coaches with winning records and 9 with losing records.

    So the odds are 65% that LaFleur is will end his Packer coaching career with a losing record than with a winning record based on Packer coaching hire history and only 35% that he will have a winning record.

  8. No need to speak of the names we no longer speak of. The franchise changed significantly with hiring of Bob Harlan and since that time it is a different club. Packer fans (remember, we own them) will not tolerate a losing franchise. We have no ego biased owner or someone in charge with their own coin to save. We are America’s team.

    LaFleur will not last more than 2 seasons if he doesn’t produce.

    Go Pack Go!

  9. i love news
    “LaFleur’s portfolio is so scant that it’s easy to imagine a scenario where Mark Murphy and the rest of the Packers brain trust clamored for The Next McVay—then got sidetracked and settled for The Guy Next to McVay.”

  10. “Rodgers could feed the young coach to a skeptical media with a few well-placed interview barbs and watch us eat him alive. Or he could just blow off LaFleur’s intricate new Shanahan-McVay-flavored play diagrams like he did McCarthy’s blurry, fading 2010 Xeroxes and spend another year rolling his eyes, rolling out and pointing at his receivers.”

  11. Welcome aboard, Coach LaFluer!
    I’m sure those first few steps, those first few moments, as you take your first few steps into 1265 may be a bit intimidating, as you’re truly walking in the footsteps of greatness, football giants, if you will.

    But I’m sure once the awe subsides, and realization sets in, it’s time for you to take the helm of this historic franchise and get to work.
    Time for you to make your own way, your own path, time to write your own history.
    I’m sure this will be one amazing day for you.
    Enjoy it. Drink it all in. Soak up every last minute of it.
    And then let’s get to work.

  12. blizzardwarning says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Lambeau, Lombardi, LaFleur (we will leave out Lindy Infante and Lisle Blackbourn as other “L’s).
    )))))))))))))))))
    W-L
    Plenty of L’s ?

  13. No need to speak of the names we no longer speak of. The franchise changed significantly with hiring of Bob Harlan and since that time it is a different club. Packer fans (remember, we own them) will not tolerate a losing franchise.
    =====

    Really?

    I’ve seen plenty that were MORE than content with McCarthy getting dragged around like a ragdoll..

  14. Great signing. Quick too, which is very beneficial. They needed a youngblood like this guy, able to work closely with the best field general in the league. Every team is doing their best to find a quarterback that knows the game and reads the defense as well or better than his coaches. Guys like that don’t come along every day. Some more desperate teams will pay anything for a guaranteed pretender, hoping, wishing, and praying it all works out. The Packers know they can’t dick around anymore. Injuries at all positions hamstrung the Packers this past season, but that’s OK. There wasn’t very good chemistry going in, with McCarthy knowing he was going to be scrutinized. He had one more season and he knew it. I’m glad many of the existing coaches were on LaFleur’s wish list. He’ll need them. Rodgers is a pro’s pro. Leaders like him are worth their weight in real gold, not guaranteed fool’s gold. LaFleur is excited for the opportunity, and should be.

  15. waffles says:

    I’m sure those first few steps, those first few moments, as you take your first few steps into 1265 may be a bit intimidating, as you’re truly walking in the footsteps of greatness, football giants, if you will.
    ###

    McLean, Blackburn, Ronzani, Bengston, Devine, Starr, Gregg, Infante, Rhodes….

    Those are some awful shoes to fill.

    The ONLY new HC in Packer history to follow a coach with a winning record with the Packers and have a winning record of his own was Mike McCarthy.

    One time in 100 years. And they just fired McCarthy.

    Here’s the list of what has happened with 1st year HC’s with the Packers:

    1921 – Lambeau – 3/2/1

    1950 – Ronzani – 3/9

    1954 – Blackburn – 4/8

    1958 – McLean – 1/10/1

    1959 – Lombardi – 7/5

    1968 – Bengston – 6/7/1

    1971 – Devine – 4/8/2

    1975 – Starr – 4/10

    1984 – Gregg – 8/8

    1988 – Infante – 4/12

    1992 – Holmgren – 9/7

    1999 – Rhodes – 8/8

    2000 – Sherman – 9/7

    2006 – McCarthy – 8/8

    So, Sherman, Holmgren, Lombardi and Lambeau are the only HC’s to have a winning record in year 1.

    I’ll do the math for you – that’s 4 out of the 14 previous HC’s that started their career with a winning season – or about 28%.

    Will the Packers fire LaFleur like they did Rhodes and McLean after an unsuccessful 1st year? Or will they let him stick around most of a decade like they did with Starr – who only had 1 winning full season (8-7-1 in 1977)?

  16. aarons444 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 10:29 am
    So that leaves Holmgren, Sherman and McCarthy as the legendary coaches in the last 50 years.
    =====

    No.. that just leaves Holmgren.
    ###

    I was trying to be nice. But I actually agree with you.

  17. Very few new coaches have ever had anyone close to the talent, experience, and leadership to work with as LaFleur has with Rodgers. All the self-serving, hair-splitting, meaningless drivel won’t change that. Do you want facts? Viking fans wish (they do that a lot,) they had the legitimate optimism for next season as Packer fans do. That’s a fact.

  18. You can smell the desperation coming from the trolls!
    Actually trying to use stats from another Century to prove this is a bad hire, lol!
    Understandable, given how their team is so totally screwed for two more seasons!

  19. Time will tell. Lafleur obviously impressed people who know a lot about football management. I believe he can succeed if he was hired for the job in Green Bay.

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