Matt LaFleur: Titans job pushed me out of “comfort zone”

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The 2018 Titans offense was not one of the high-scoring units that sparked discussion about the rapid evolution of offensive football in the NFL.

Tennessee ranked 27th in points and 25th in yards during Matt LaFleur’s first and only year as their offensive coordinator, but that didn’t dissuade the Packers from hiring him as their head coach. It didn’t hurt that LaFleur had been with one of those high-powered offenses with the Rams in 2017, but there were things about 2018 that also appealed to the team.

Packers president Mark Murphy said the team was impressed with how LaFleur adapted to injuries, including multiple absences from starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, and LaFleur said the experience was a necessary one.

“I needed to challenge myself,” LaFleur said, via the team’s website. “It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster, you look at the success they’re having this year. I took the risk because I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach. The lessons I learned this year, I learned football is not easy. You’d better navigate through some adversity, and I was proud of that.”

The hope in Green Bay is that LaFleur will be able to do more than make the most out of adverse situations, but it was clear on Wednesday that the team liked the fact that he was able to do that when his job required him to do it.

34 responses to “Matt LaFleur: Titans job pushed me out of “comfort zone”

  1. As a leader of an organization, you like guys who challenge themselves.

    LaFleur challenged himself, continues to do so. Complacency with coaching staffs and schemes was a bone of contention the player’s leadership council brought to team management.

    Murphy had to like the fact that LaFleur challenges himself to learn and grow.

    Thought it was also very telling when Murphy and Gute said that Lafleur was the most well prepared coach they interviewed and the only coach that stood out in the interview. Consider whom they also interviewed with much more experience…

  2. Finally. The Packers have purged the mind-numbing philosophy of playing not to lose. Thompson took advantage of stadium sell-outs, knowing fans would come no matter what, and saved money by relying only on Rodgers. He played not to lose in the draft and free agency. McCarthy…..well, look no further. His middle name is “play not to lose.” Good coach. Good bye, good coach.

    Feeling good. Very good. On to next year.

  3. Matt – you gotta have the horses to have a successful run as a head coach. Mr. Rodgers is past his prime, and certainly doesn’t have the skills he once had. He won’t regain those skills, either. And of course, he’ll blame the head coach, or his teammates for his lack of performance on the field. You should have passed on this one…..

  4. One on hand, I worry LaFleur might try to get too “cute” with the offense due to current trends.

    On the other hand, if he starts out somewhat “cute” and adds a little more each week until he finds “too cute” and then backs off just a bit, it could be a whole lot of fun. Especially the way Aaron Rodgers processes information.

    All in all, it will be good or it will be not good and only time will tell. As always, I’m cautiously optimistic.

  5. I’d prefer he had a few years experience as OC. That gives him a good vantage spot to watch the HC and learn from his successes and failures.
    The right guy who moves too soon may fail.

  6. Oh so this LaFlair guy is the same fool who WASTED Derrick Henry for the first 12 WEEKS of the season. Got it.

    Well enjoy Green Bay. You got the right man. Rodgers will be throwing the ball 70 times a game.

  7. There’s not enough info to know if Rodgers skills are on the decline or not, or if last year was an aberration. Rodgers threw for 40 TD’s and 7 INT’s in 2016, and was on pace for about the same in 2017 in the 5 games prior to his injury. This site is filled with football geniuses commenting on his abilities in the same manner that they think they can figure out which new coaches will be successful because of where their offenses and defenses were ranked in the last couple of years. The fact is that they don’t have a clue about either, and only time will bear those things out.

  8. I’m still cautious about this selection for HC and probably will remain that way for the next 2 years until the dust settles.

    Murphy had better be right about this. Otherwise he’ll be back at Northwestern sipping coffee with Fitzgerald.

  9. La Fleur will either learn to mold around the players or continue to make the players mold around his “too cute by half” mind. The Titans will not miss him.

  10. “It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster, you look at the success they’re having this year. I took the risk because I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach.”
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    Way to throw the Titans under the bus for your poor performance last year! Maybe you will do well working along side Rodgers.

  11. stellarperformance says:

    Finally. The Packers have purged the mind-numbing philosophy of playing not to lose.
    ###

    So you’re saying that the Packers will just play to lose, not to not lose???

  12. I see Matt LaFleur has brought a lot of LaFEAR to some here in our Packers threads.

    We got a “gem” in Matt LaFleur as Mark Murphy said.

    Tons of work to do and the future is not known, but I like our prospects. I am very excited about the present and future of the Green Bay Packers!

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  13. pkrlvr says:

    Who knew that 4500 yards, 25 TD’s and 2 ints equals washed up?
    ###

    You forgot about the 6 wins and the 29th ranked completion percentage (minimum 100 passes – 59th if you don’t put a minimum in)…

    Rookie Baker Mayfield had more wins, more TD’s and a better completion percentage in only 14 games for the Browns. And you can’t say he had a better team – the Browns were winless last season.

    Let that sink in.

  14. I would have liked him in TN a second season. He didn’t prove much this season. Every team has injuries. Mularkey took us to the playoffs and a road victory last season. This season ended in a “business decision” not to play Marcus in a must win verse the Colts. That is a disappointing season for Titan Fans.

  15. All I heard for a whole year was how McCarthy was OC of the 32nd ranked worst offense in the NFL when Pack hired him & I think we had some success there. I’m just glad the people that look up stats & think they’re experts don’t make the decisions. If you can help make Matt Ryan MVP you must know what your doing in my book and for those of you that think it was the result of the OC alone just ask Aaron how important the QB coach (Van Pelt) was to him. Good hire! Now lets get some pass rushers, OL help, another offensive playmaker, & for the love of Lombardi stay somewhat healthy for a change!!!

  16. gtodriver says:
    January 10, 2019 at 9:32 am
    pkrlvr says:
    Who knew that 4500 yards, 25 TD’s and 2 ints equals washed up?
    ###
    You forgot about the 6 wins and the 29th ranked completion percentage (minimum 100 passes – 59th if you don’t put a minimum in)…
    ==============================================================================
    Right. Because if you don’t put the minimum in, then you have 20 guys who completed 100% of their passes. Just silly, pointless, and useless to even mention what someone’s completion percentage would be without the minimum.

  17. McCarthy had 13 seasons as play caller and HC and failed.

    Having tenure as a play caller means squat when it comes to success as HC.

    Philbin NEVER called plays before and GB had 2 highest scoring games of the year with him doing it. Wins.

  18. Hey if he can beat the Lions or Vikings even once next year, it will be a success. Heck, if they can hold that vaunted Lions offense to under 31 points in a game, it will be an improvement. The bar is set low, can the Packers under LaFleur reach it?

  19. gtodriver says:
    January 10, 2019 at 9:32 am

    You forgot about the 6 wins and the 29th ranked completion percentage (minimum 100 passes – 59th if you don’t put a minimum in)…

    Rookie Baker Mayfield had more wins, more TD’s and a better completion percentage in only 14 games for the Browns. And you can’t say he had a better team – the Browns were winless last season.

    Let that sink in.
    ——————————————

    And as a purple you are looking to the Browns for an example to make your point.

    Let that sink in.

  20. I get a kick out of all of the people trying to criticize the Packers and calling Rodgers a Diva. Let’s look at the team winning percentages over the last 10 years:

    #27 Detroit – 63-97 39%
    #20 Bears – 74-86 46%
    #18 Vikings – 80-79-1 50%
    #2 Packers – 106-53-1 66%
    #1 New England – 126-34 79%

    I bet the Vikings and Bears wish they had a team that was complacent with a Diva for a quarterback!

  21. “The lessons I learned this year, I learned football is not easy. You’d better navigate through some adversity”
    Get ready to navigate through more adversity, when the injury prone Erin Rodgers hits the bench early next season.
    *******************************
    pkrlvr says:
    January 10, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Who knew that 4500 yards, 25 TD’s and 2 ints equals washed up?
    —————–
    Who knew? Anyone who watched a Packers game last season knows it, and they also know he didn’t throw for 4,500 yards. Rodgers played it safe and only threw the ball when he knew he had a great opportunity. He’s definitely on the decline and anyone with any football sense can see the fact is he’s only won 10 games the past two years.

  22. A rookie playing for the Browns outperforming Aaron makes a great point.

    The fact that he did it in fewer games only makes Rodgers look worse in comparison.

  23. gtodriver says:
    January 10, 2019 at 9:32 am
    pkrlvr says:

    Who knew that 4500 yards, 25 TD’s and 2 ints equals washed up?
    ###

    You forgot about the 6 wins and the 29th ranked completion percentage (minimum 100 passes – 59th if you don’t put a minimum in)…

    Rookie Baker Mayfield had more wins, more TD’s and a better completion percentage in only 14 games for the Browns. And you can’t say he had a better team – the Browns were winless last season.

    Let that sink in.

    Your team won 2 more games and missed the playoffs. What a difference

    Let that sink in

  24. Andrew Teal says:

    Philbin NEVER called plays before and GB had 2 highest scoring games of the year with him doing it. Wins.
    ###

    He also got shut out, at home, against the last place Lions.

  25. gtodriver says:
    January 10, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Andrew Teal says:
    Philbin NEVER called plays before and GB had 2 highest scoring games of the year with him doing it. Wins.
    ###
    He also got shut out, at home, against the last place Lions.
    +++++

    But how did the offensive line play? Right, but your own team still wants him to coach that unit?

  26. mjchockey1 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    I get a kick out of all of the people trying to criticize the Packers and calling Rodgers a Diva. Let’s look at the team winning percentages over the last 10 years:

    #27 Detroit – 63-97 39%
    #20 Bears – 74-86 46%
    #18 Vikings – 80-79-1 50%
    #2 Packers – 106-53-1 66%
    #1 New England – 126-34 79%

    I bet the Vikings and Bears wish they had a team that was complacent with a Diva for a quarterback!
    *****
    As Janet Jackson once sang “What have you done for me lately?”
    Let’s look at the last two years

    #23 Packers – 13-18-1 41%
    #15 Lions – 15-17 46%
    #14 Bears – 17-15 53%
    #7 Vikings 21-10-1 67%
    #1 New England, New Orleans, LA Rams 24-8 75%

    I bet the Packers wish they didn’t have the worst record in the NFC North over the past two seasons as they look up to the Lions, Bears & Vikings.

  27. ackattack22 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    mjchockey1 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    I get a kick out of all of the people trying to criticize the Packers and calling Rodgers a Diva. Let’s look at the team winning percentages over the last 10 years:
    #27 Detroit – 63-97 39%
    #20 Bears – 74-86 46%
    #18 Vikings – 80-79-1 50%
    #2 Packers – 106-53-1 66%
    #1 New England – 126-34 79%
    I bet the Vikings and Bears wish they had a team that was complacent with a Diva for a quarterback!
    *****
    As Janet Jackson once sang “What have you done for me lately?”
    Let’s look at the last two years
    #23 Packers – 13-18-1 41%
    #15 Lions – 15-17 46%
    #14 Bears – 17-15 53%
    #7 Vikings 21-10-1 67%
    #1 New England, New Orleans, LA Rams 24-8 75%
    I bet the Packers wish they didn’t have the worst record in the NFC North over the past two seasons as they look up to the Lions, Bears & Vikings.
    ===================================================================================
    Great example of how misleading stats can be. Makes the Bears look mediocre and the Vikings dominant. Lately isn’t 2 years- It’s the most recent year:

    Bears 12-4 .750 T-2
    Vikings 8-7-1 .531 15
    Packers 6-9-1 .406 21
    Lions 6-10 .375 24

  28. so far the titans have piled resources heavily into the defensive side of the ball while leaving glaring holes in the offensive depth chart while making lame excuses that rejects from other teams are actually starting material. there is much talk in the media about mariota being an unreliable gimp. if the titans keep drafting edge rushers as they have the last 2 drafts then i hope mariota follows lefleur off that team before the stupidity of the titan management and the local media get him injured beyond repair if they havent already.

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