Davante Adams: Hiring Matt LaFleur a “good way to mix things up”

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In a press conference after hiring Matt LaFleur as head coach, Packers CEO Mark Murphy said the team was looking for “something we could do to shake people up so they don’t have the complacency” that he believed took root toward the end of Mike McCarthy’s tenure.

Time will tell if LaFleur is effective on that front and in the standings, but the reaction of one of the Packers’ top players to the hire suggests that the new coach’s arrival has resulted in a new feeling around the team. Wide receiver Davante Adams said from the Pro Bowl in Orlando that LaFleur made a “great first impression” during their first conversation.

“I kind of like what he’s trying to do with the offense and he’s pretty innovative, so it’ll be a good way to mix things up a bit,” Adams said, via NBC26. “He’s a real young guy. It’s a big change-up from Mike’s style obviously just off of age alone. He’s really relatable, which is going to be really good. To be able to lead men, you have to entertain them and kind of hold, capture their attention and gain their respect, so he’s a guy I see we can definitely head in that direction with.”

With Mike Pettine staying on as the defensive coordinator, the biggest changes this season figure to be on the offensive side of the ball. If Adams’ response is shared by the rest of the unit, it will be a boost to LaFleur’s ability to sell his vision as the right one for Green Bay’s present and future.

22 responses to “Davante Adams: Hiring Matt LaFleur a “good way to mix things up”

  1. It’s reassuring knowing this is far from a wholesale rebuild. They’re revving up the offense to take better advantage of Rodgers, they already have a very good run game, the growing pains on defense are surmountable with the retention of a fine coach and the encouraging young talent, and they’re addressing special teams head-on. It all sounds very good……..on paper. Put it to work.

  2. Good to hear that Tae and LaFleur met and the relationship is off to a great start👍

    I heard the same from David Bakhtiari about his time with LaFleur.

    #FutureIsBright

    #GoPackGo!

  3. This team is a dumpster fire of talent.the new coach will not be working with the kind of talent the Rams had.isay a two year rebuild is needed.

  4. Not thrilled about saying this, but with Rodgers, Adams and a decent O-line, the Pack offense could be pretty darn effective once they move on from MM’s 1990’s system.

  5. Its funny how last year things were great but now there is a bunch of. finger pointing to that time. From the sounds of it there is a lot of change for change sake and finger crossing things improve. But at least Lafleur can entertain the players.

  6. “To be able to lead men, you have to entertain them and kind of hold, capture their attention and gain their respect, so he’s a guy I see we can definitely head in that direction with.”
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    There’s a millenial opinion. You need to be entertained in order to be led? I doubt that Vince Lombardi did a 3-minute routine before every team meeting. Maybe the players can teach Matt how to juggle.

  7. Part of the defintion of “entertain” is holding the attention of someone.

    To be able to hold someones attention is a positive trait of any good coach or teacher.

    I take no joy in having to explain that here. I am actually quite shocked at the low level of intelligence here at times.

    Anybody see Davante throw that ball 70 yards on a line while goofing around at a Pro Bowl practice? Wow👏

    I see a trick play in his future in LaFleur’s offense👍

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm
    Part of the defintion of “entertain” is holding the attention of someone.

    To be able to hold someones attention is a positive trait of any good coach or teacher.

    I take no joy in having to explain that here. I am actually quite shocked at the low level of intelligence here at times.
    __________________

    Save your breath, it’s useless.
    Even when you get past the usual band of bomb throwers and trolls, the average Barney has almost no sense of understanding subtlety or nuance.
    It’s actually kind of sad.

  9. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Part of the defintion of “entertain” is holding the attention of someone.
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    True, but that is only part of the definition. Nobody uses the word “entertain” if they’re only referring to paying attention to something. It also involves the idea of a diversion or being amused. Adams said “you have to entertain them and kind of hold, capture their attention and gain their respect.” He didn’t say “you have to entertain them, which means capture their attention.” If “entertain” were synonymous with “capturing attention,” he wouldn’t say you need to entertain and capture attention.

    Football players shouldn’t go to work expecting to be entertained by the head coach. And from what I’ve seen, Packer fans shouldn’t go to Lambeau Stadium expecting to be entertained by the Packers.

  10. Who are you trying to convince Rob? Yourself? Or you and all your screen names?

    At least you stopped using the aarons444 screen name as much. I see that as progress in your treatment.

  11. nobody is a coach. your opinions are uneducated. especially if your team has never won a thing even the Lions have 4 championships. the Browns, too. zero for that purple team. purple is also an ugly color.

  12. badassblakcamaro says:
    January 25, 2019 at 9:33 am
    #2 in the NFL in yards per carry. Not their fault MM was too dumb to actually run it more
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    I think you mean AR was too dumb to actually run it more. You should really keep up with your team more . There were multiple reports from players, Rodgers own teammates, of how AR would just flat out ignore MM’s play calls and run his own play. Rodgers would scoff and roll his eyes right after he heard the play coming in from the sidelines while still in the huddle. LOLOL

  13. Mike Smith named as outside linebackers coach👍

    Smith joins the Packers after spending the last 3 seasons with the Chiefs.

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm
    badassblakcamaro says:
    January 25, 2019 at 9:33 am
    #2 in the NFL in yards per carry. Not their fault MM was too dumb to actually run it more
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    I think you mean AR was too dumb to actually run it more. You should really keep up with your team more . There were multiple reports from players, Rodgers own teammates, of how AR would just flat out ignore MM’s play calls and run his own play. Rodgers would scoff and roll his eyes right after he heard the play coming in from the sidelines while still in the huddle.
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    This is exactly why the Barneys can never be taken seriously.
    It’s always exaggerations, embellishments, or in ariana’s case, outright lies.

    First off, Aaron Rodgers has earned the advantage of checking in and out of multiple plays depending on the offensive formation and the defensive scheme being shown.

    And as you erroneously report multiple, I believe you are referring to one (1) player’s account of an eye roll and play change.
    The player in question was Mercedes Lewis, who referred to just one play, one instance.

    Let’s be real, that still pales in comparison to a whole position group completely ignoring a Head Coach’s entire game plan to the detriment of the team.
    Jordy approved!

  15. so cheese eaters think this is an audible
    “I guess McCarthy called in the play, and Aaron kinda was like, ‘Nah,'”

    and this from si
    “McCarthy might call the same play three times in a game, without the play actually being run as he called it. And if McCarthy calls a play that Rodgers doesn’t like early in the game, that can sour the mood for the rest of the game.”

    AND this is suppose to change now that they changed coaches? LOLOLOLOL

  16. 1L says:
    January 25, 2019 at 6:31 pm
    nobody is a coach. your opinions are uneducated…..purple is also an ugly color.
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    But these are the writings of an “educated” person? Lol!

  17. gtodriver says:

    they already have a very good run game
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    #22 in the NFL
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    While I agree 22nd isn’t appealing, it is how ever an effective run game, its likely they won’t be in the top 5 as long is Rodgers is healthy, hopefully can get into the top 15 moving forward with the new coaching staff, I do like the 2 RBs they haven’t and wouldn’t mind adding one as an insurance policy.

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