Matt LaFleur’s job won’t be easy

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Good news, Matt LaFleur, you’re head coach of the Packers. Bad news, Matt LaFleur . . . you know where this is going by now, right?

LaFleur takes over an iconic franchise, but the franchise requires some fixing. That fix will have to happen on the fly, because — as quarterback Aaron Rodgers said in remarks that may be scrutinized a bit more carefully in light of his reputation for passive aggression — there’s no grace period, no redshirt year.

So did LaFleur know what he was getting into when he agreed to succeed Mike McCarthy as coach of the Packers? Here’s Jay Glazer’s explanation, from his latest item for TheAthletic.com:

“I know he knew some of what was going on, he knew a lot of the drama going into that interview, but now to get thrust into the middle of this as a young head coach? I always tell these new head coaches to be careful what you wish for. This job is less about X’s and O’s and more about making sure 53 separate corporations all get along and are on the same page, and those corporations have a lot of messed-up people in the subdivisions. To be great, you have to be crazy. To be on this level, you’ve got to be crazy. There’s a lot of craziness inside a football building, and the head coach has to blend all that craziness together. It’s hard enough without all this drama.”

Glazer is right, and LaFleur’s first challenge will be to get everyone on the same page, to manage the various personalities, and to strike the right balance between having a positive relationship with Rodgers and not being deferential to him.

Thus, regardless of whether CEO Mark Murphy said it to Rodgers, at some point LaFleur needs to be ready to say it, loud and clear if necessary: Don’t be the problem.

53 responses to “Matt LaFleur’s job won’t be easy

  1. LaFleur needs to be given the power to sit Rodgers without repercussions from Gute or Murphy if the little diva gets out of hand. Rodgers thinks he’s bigger than the team, and if he could check his ego at the door they’d be in a much better place.

    This is coming from a Packers fan too.

  2. The fixing of the franchise is on the GM. It wasn’t an Xs an Os problem in Green Bay. The roster outside of Rodgers and Bahk is below average. Made some moves in free agency but this draft is where the team needs to make fixes. They need some young talent on the roster.

  3. Curious as to why Glazier would be considered a good source of information as far as what new coaches should know. He doesn’t have any pertinent experience that I’m aware of

  4. LaFleur needs to be given the power to sit Rodgers without repercussions from Gute or Murphy if the little diva gets out of hand. Rodgers thinks he’s bigger than the team, and if he could check his ego at the door they’d be in a much better place.

    This is coming from a Packers fan too.
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    You are aware Aaron Rodgers has the best QB rating of all-time right?

  5. Actually, MLF’s job may be easier than most think. Rodgers is not the problem that the uninformed media portrays him to be. In fact, he may still be the premier QB in the NFL. GB’s problems (last 2 seasons) resulted from a tired GM (Thompson) & an average HC (McCarthy) who refused to alter his style or couldn’t. — Both TT & MM are long gone. Thus, the Pack are basically a different team with (already) more talent and better coaching. — This draft will add to a roster that will put up either 11 or 12 regular season wins. — Time for the North Division to kneel to the Pack once again starting in season 2019.

  6. I still can’t believe they hired this guy as a head coach. I’m pretty sure when he took over offensive coordinator for the Titans their offense actually got worse.

  7. No head coach’s job is easy. It’s all about winning. They have to put up with so much second guessing even though it could be completely wrong. Sometimes winning isn’t enough. Poor Marty, his team went 14-2 and the politics of the situation led him to get the boot. Fans and media were complaining about his post season record even stating they didn’t care how many games he won during the season.

  8. Mark Murphy says “You hate to have your dirty laundry aired” .
    This confirms everything said was true. If it wasn’t true it would not be Rodgets’ dirty laundry.

  9. Reading the article suggests the Green Bay Packer coaching position is the only one in the league that is challenging… I find this interesting that other franchises who haven’t won a thing in years don’t feel the same pressure. I think that puts Lafleur in a good spot.. one that gives him a chance to succeed.

  10. The Titans had Mariota and Gabbert playing QB for them. Rodgers in a very down year out performed both of those guys easily.

    All I can say is just wait and see. GB will be back in contention this year no doubt and it starts with the Bears.

  11. Scoured my eyes with steel wool after reading the usual cast of character’s comments and still feel dirty for having done so.

    Even after that, I have to ask: Jay Glazer? Really? OMG.

  12. Matt LaFleur’s job won’t be easy. Davente Adams’ job won’t be easy. All the other fringe WRs on Green Bay jobs won’t be easy. The locker room towel boy’s job won’y be easy. Basically anybody who will be in the path of a tantruming Rodgers will find their jobs more difficult this year after Rodgers’ dirty laundry was exposed.

  13. The Packers and their fans are sitting back and enjoying the wishful, hopeful, prayerful frenzy the trolls are trying fruitlessly to create.

  14. Rodgers QB rating over his first 7 years as a starter was 106.6. His record was 70-33.
    He will go first ballot because of what he did back then.

    In the last 4 years his rating is 98.2 and his record is 30-24-1.
    Kirk Cousins rating over the same time is 98.1 and his record is 32-30-2
    They are pretty much the same player now.

  15. “Don’t be the problem” should be the Packs new motto. But, as stated earlier, winning cures everything! As dysfunctional as he may seem sometimes, ARodgers is one of the best ! New coach, new season, make it a new era!

  16. Perhaps more troubling, the Rams offense actually improved without LaFleur, moving from 6th to 2nd in DVOA, while Tennessee declined from 18th to 22nd.

    Again, why did they hire this guy?

  17. LeFleur’s problem is not Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodger’s problem is not Matt LaFleur. The top of the orginization is positioning them to be at each other just like Rodgers and McCarthy. The problem is the weak front office that hired a weak, first-time head coach as a security buffer CYA.

    With a name like LaFleur, why isn’t he in NOLA?

  18. Oh no, he needs to be able to sit Rodgers…please. Dude threw for more yards than Brees last year and his only two interceptions were off the hands of Graham. And he did it all on a broken leg and with three clueless rookie receivers.

    The Dragon is coming. The North remembers.

  19. “Perhaps more troubling, the Rams offense actually improved without LaFleur, moving from 6th to 2nd in DVOA, while Tennessee declined from 18th to 22nd.”

    The fact that Mariota was hurt all year was the major reason for Tennessee’s problems. The first year for any new HC is usually rough. But a modern offense is what Rodgers wanted, and I think he’s going to make it work. He, LaFleur, and Murphy are all now chained together and know they will sink or swim together – which means they should all be paddling like crazy.

  20. Agree w/Lafleur comments. But, who hired him? That is the bigger issue amidst the controversy. When games come the other will be front and center for sure. Packer’s management, “Don’t be the problem.” Oops, too late.

  21. This is going to be hilarious when Rodgers comes out and just guts opponents on the field. All of these negative slants are going to look so silly.

  22. Definitely not world class over there in in Green Bay…taking over for the Cleveland Browns as the dogs of the league.

  23. speicher145 says:
    April 13, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    You are aware Aaron Rodgers has the best QB rating of all-time right?
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    You are aware that this is football and it takes a TEAM to win, not just one over-paid QB aren’t you?

    You’ll find out soon enough!

  24. dougman9 says:
    April 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Actually, MLF’s job may be easier than most think. Rodgers is not the problem that the uninformed media portrays him to be.
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    Any diva is a problem on a team of 53 players I don’t care if his name is OBJ, AB or Rodgers!

  25. The Packers are Aaron’s team now more than ever. This kid coach won’t be telling Aaron, Don’t be the problem. But he is in the right place to become a crazy coach. BTW, is alcoholism a sign of deeper problems? The no grace period thing was Aaron saying, hey, I’m old and declining, we gotta win now. Or never.

  26. Symbolic of the current trend of NFL owners wanting to find the next McVay. I will never understand why so many teams are moving away from defence first irrespective of offensive rule changes. They have the most talented QB in the league, they literally just need someone to shore it up at the over end

  27. I think the issue is how the Packers are run due to it being majority owned by the fans. No one has any real power outside of Rodgers. People are forgetting why he slipped so far back when he was drafted. There were questions of him fairly similar to that of Josh Rosen last year, staying engaged and whether he could be challenged. Still the best in the league imo but he does need a vet coach to tear that team a part and put him in his place. But outside of Belichick or Payton, I can’t see it happening

  28. I’m afraid the problems are with upper management. Some new blood is needed. Some guys like Mooch, Bryce Paup, and Brian Noble would be a good start.

  29. Think of how daunting it must be to walk through that trophy room for the first time, and realizing you are now responsible for guiding the ship for he most successful franchise in NFL history.

  30. Issue is being owned by the fans. Very little accountability
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    So 13 world championships, 4 Superbowls, one of the highest winning percentages in the league over the last 25 years, a record 8 straight playoff appearances, numerous QB mvp awards, etc. indicates we have an issue by being city owned? You know how many teams would love to have that issue?? Cmon guys, we had a bad year, but this is getting crazy.

  31. Easy is sweeping the Vikings twice in 2019 and mercifully bringing the Zimmer “dynasty” to a close.

  32. Don’t feed the trolls. They never have enough. I swear, if Rodgers turned water into wine the trolls would still call him an alcoholic.

  33. The Packer front office, the players, and the fans all recognize how easily trolls and haters can be manipulated by click-bait, and are laughing out loud at the nonsense of it all.

  34. The only “fans” getting their undies in a twist are jealous Viking trolls, who would still take Rodgers right now for Cousins….even if he was wearing a knee brace!

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