Packers coach on torn Achilles: “We’re all going to face a little bit of adversity”

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Matt LaFleur hasn’t coached his first NFL game yet.

But he already knows how to turn an injury report into an object lesson.

Via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers coach turned his own blown Achilles from a basketball game last week into something with a moral.

“We’re all going to face a little bit of adversity,” LaFleur said. “You can’t let it hold us back. So that’s just kind of like my mindset, you know? It is what it is and you make the best out of whatever situation comes.”

LaFleur is having surgery today, and will be coaching from a cart through the rest of OTAs and minicamp. He was able to throw the first pitch in a charity softball game last night, while wearing a walking boot. The 39-year-old head coach said he knew immediately the injury was a significant one.

“A couple weeks ago I kind of tweaked my calf on the other side,” he said. “But this one, I knew immediately. It was way more forceful. I thought somebody hit me in the leg. I looked around and nobody’s by me. It’s just one of those deals. We’ll rebound. We’ll be back.”

Wide receiver Davante Adams said he couldn’t see anything different in LaFleur’s approach during practice, despite the fact he wasn’t on his own two feet.

“He was out there on his golf cart the other day so he was still pretty mobile,” Adams said. “He was still rolling up next to me and coaching up and doing the same things. I don’t think it’s really going to stop him too much from the way he kind of does things. He’s always around. And it’s a good thing. It’s a good way to get a feel for the type of guy he is.

“It obviously shows how much the game means to him and with being an offense that he’s really comfortable with and been in for a while, he sees it a certain way. He sees it, so it’s not always, he’ll come up to me saying ‘I need you to run this better’ but asking me how I feel about things and just interacting and stuff like that. I see it being pretty consistent.”

And he’s not going to let a basketball injury stop him.

52 responses to “Packers coach on torn Achilles: “We’re all going to face a little bit of adversity”

  1. Untimely Packer injuries. Now at the coaching level. The great NFCN equalizer.

  2. Unless the injuries happen to the Bears — nothing in the NFCN is equalized.

    Packer excuse makers, however, show that they have no off season.

    Congrats!

  3. Packers coach on torn Achilles: “We’re all going to face a little bit of adversity”
    Packers coach on being a first year head coach: “We’re all going to face a lot of adversity”
    Packers coach on having a garbage roster: “We’re all going to face one heck of a lot of adversity”

  4. Familiar territory. This new, and now broken, Packers coach is going to need to turn lemons into lemonade on a consistent basis. Our Packers will keep that cart around for Aaron once the season gets going.

  5. Packers coach has surgery, the packers players respect him more and rally around him.

    Vikings coach has surgery, Vikings players are like “let’s do what we want. We know better, and he can’t see anyway.”

    It’s the basic mentality that distinguishes the best franchise in the NFL and the clear worst.

  6. Great outlook and turning a small negative into a larger positive by MLF.

    Matt will be 100% back to normal by the start of training camp on July 25th. A couple practices in a walking boot in June is a non-story.

    Was great that MLF was out at the charity softball game yesterday. The offense beat the defense and many Wisconsin charities were helped. Robert Tonyan won the HR Derby for a 2nd straight year.

    #GoPackGo!🏈💪

  7. I wish LaFleur all the best. Being that he already was having to deal with Rodgers being the problem he really didn’t need this setback.
    —–
    Considering our offense was ranked 12th vs the Vikes 20th last year, what exactly do you think the problem is? With the Vikings I mean…

  8. Matt will be 100% back to normal by the start of training camp on July 25th.
    ______
    At 4 to 6 months: You should be back to full activity, but you won’t be totally recovered until about a year after surgery. Even then, your strength might never get back to 100%.

    LaFleur being 100% normal in July is just more ridiculously unfounded optimism.

  9. LaFleur being 100% normal in July is just more ridiculously unfounded optimism
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    It is, but who cares? Whether he’s standing or sitting in a cart has absolutely no bearing on his ability to coach.

  10. pkrlvr says:
    June 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    LaFleur being 100% normal in July is just more ridiculously unfounded optimism
    —–
    It is, but who cares? Whether he’s standing or sitting in a cart has absolutely no bearing on his ability to coach.
    ————
    I never said LaFleur’s injury would effect his coaching ability. (it will be that of a 1st year head coach regardless). I said Packer fans in here have ridiculously unfounded optimism to which you agreed.

  11. 6 weeks in a walking boot after surgery. You can walk while in boot after a couple weeks.

    Mandatory Mini-Camp June 11th through 13th. That is the only time MLF will use a cart.

    Training camp July 25th start= Walking at 100%.

    Players take 6 months to recover and be able to play again after this surgery. Coaches wear walking boots for 6 weeks and then are not affected in any way by this after that.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  12. Wow.
    The Barneys will leave no stone unturned to claim some kind of bizarre victory.
    Congrats, you win.
    Our coach is more banged up than yours.
    Let me know how the parade turns out, and how cool the award looks.
    You know, you can always put it right next to your PFT medical degree if you want to.

  13. So we’re discussing/trolling free’s level of optimism now? Gotta be better things to do on a Sunday afternoon.

  14. Going to need that achilles in top shape for pacing up and down the sidelines when Rodgers isnt running the play you called or he’s holding the ball way too long and getting killed behind a porous line as it usually takes him forever to read a defense anyway, if he even ran the play you called in the first place. rest up!

  15. What’s crazy is that Rodgers has one bad year and all of the sudden he’s a play changing team cancer that can’t be coached, costs his team wins, can’t read a defense, holds the ball too long, etc etc. The people saying these things are fans of a team with fewer playoff wins than the NY Jets (since 2010), but that never stops them from leveling their ridiculous critiques.

  16. pkrlvr says:
    June 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Considering our offense was ranked 12th vs the Vikes 20th last year, what exactly do you think the problem is? With the Vikings I mean…
    ———————————————

    It’s been 890 days since the Packers beat the Vikings. But at least your garbage time offensive stats are looking good…

  17. Wisconsin Narcissists says:
    June 2, 2019 at 5:28 pm
    Oh, didn’t know you guys were the ones who had untimely injuries in the NFCN. So grateful you are ‘the great equalizers’.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Now you know. You’re welcome.

  18. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 2, 2019 at 5:17 pm
    It’s been 890 days since the Packers beat the Vikings. But at least your garbage time offensive stats are looking good…
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It’s been 189 days since the Vikings last won their “SuperBowl,” a game that gave their fans the closest feeling they’ve ever had to winning a real SuperBowl.

    Keep celebrating. It’s all you got.

  19. stellarperformance says:
    June 2, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    It’s been 189 days since the Vikings last won their “SuperBowl,” a game that gave their fans the closest feeling they’ve ever had to winning a real SuperBowl.

    Keep celebrating. It’s all you got.
    —————————————

    All the Packers have is a greenhorn HC, brittle aging diva QB and a boatload of hopes, wishes and dreams. I also told you before that you have to send Bud Grant a royalty check every time you use his quote from the 1970s about the Packers SB being the Vikings game.

  20. This really is a nice story for June. Let’s post something worth of discussion, though.

    How about:

    With the 7th pick in the draft next year, who will the 6-10 Vikings select?

  21. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 2, 2019 at 5:17 pm
    pkrlvr says:
    June 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Considering our offense was ranked 12th vs the Vikes 20th last year, what exactly do you think the problem is? With the Vikings I mean…
    ———————————————

    It’s been 890 days since the Packers beat the Vikings.
    _____________

    I can’t wait to see that trophy either.
    You could probably put it right next to the Vikes 8-7-1 (1-6 against .500 or better teams) participation ribbon they got last season.
    skoLOL!!!

  22. OOOHHHH!!!

    Or WHEN (not if) the Vikings wind up fourth in the division next year, what will be the excuse?

    A) The stupid refs!
    B) Their third string corner getting injured for half a game
    C) The other team cheating!
    D) All of the above

    Because we all KNOW that Vikings fans believe they have the best team ever assembled, year in and year out, and the only reason they haven’t won the Super Bowl every single year is because of one of the above reasons.

  23. Wow, most of these comments are incredible. Sure am glad I’m a Packers fan that roots for my team to win, instead of someone claiming to be a fan of a different team who only roots for the Packers to lose.

  24. minneanderthals says:
    June 2, 2019 at 6:21 pm
    OOOHHHH!!!

    Or WHEN (not if) the Vikings wind up fourth in the division next year, what will be the excuse?

    A) The stupid refs!
    B) Their third string corner getting injured for half a game
    C) The other team cheating!
    D) All of the above

    Because we all KNOW that Vikings fans believe they have the best team ever assembled, year in and year out, and the only reason they haven’t won the Super Bowl every single year is because of one of the above reasons

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

    The 890 days since the Vikings lost to the packers really triggered Mr. Neanderthal 😂

  25. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 2, 2019 at 6:04 pm
    All the Packers have is a greenhorn HC, brittle aging diva QB and a boatload of hopes, wishes and dreams. I also told you before that you have to send Bud Grant a royalty check every time you use his quote from the 1970s about the Packers SB being the Vikings game.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You are aware Packer fans know what it really feels like to have their favorite team win a real SuperBowl, don’t you? Viking fans can only take pride in beating the Packers. That’s it! It’s your SuperBowl. It’s the most gratifying victory for a Viking fan, unless, of course, you want to pretend it’s not.

  26. vikesfansarethedumbestfans says:
    June 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    Wow, most of these comments are incredible. Sure am glad I’m a Packers fan that roots for my team to win, instead of someone claiming to be a fan of a different team who only roots for the Packers to lose.

    0 10 Rate This
    ——————

    See, I was 100% correct. Please, keep downvoting. It only adds to the comedy.

  27. Nah. I don’t get into how long it’s been since the Packers beat an inferior franchise.

    The streak that bothers me is that it’s been 3,038 days since the Packers won their last Super Bowl.

    I don’t have the number offhand…how long has it been for you purps?

  28. minneanderthals says:
    June 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm
    Nah. I don’t get into how long it’s been since the Packers beat an inferior franchise

    @@@@@&&&&&&&&

    Sorry, don’t buy it. You hate the fact that the “purps” have owned you as of late. When someone uses 5 exclamations in a comment, tells me they are upset. Sorry we trigger you so 😂

  29. vikesfansarethedumbestfans says:
    June 2, 2019 at 6:41 pm
    vikesfansarethedumbestfans says:
    June 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    Wow, most of these comments are incredible. Sure am glad I’m a Packers fan that roots for my team to win, instead of someone claiming to be a fan of a different team who only roots for the Packers to lose.

    0 10 Rate This
    ——————

    See, I was 100% correct. Please, keep downvoting. It only adds to the comedy.

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

    Are you actually talking to yourself? 😂

  30. stellarperformance says:
    December 25, 2018 at 7:37 am
    Come on Bears! Come on Eagles!
    —————————————

    Someone who cares so much if the Vikings make the playoffs or not will automatically turn into a different fan when they already lost their Super Bowl.

  31. ariani1985 says:
    June 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm
    How will this affect the off season championship?

    Don’t see how it can. Matt La Fleur is the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. The perennial off season champions have and always will be the Vikings. Since their inception, the off season has always been used by Viking fans to claim this is, ‘the year’. Only to have their hopes and dreams dashed when the time to play football for real comes around.

  32. Saying you’re the best team and that you’re going to win the super Bowl over and over and over again hasn’t made it true one time.

    Saying I’m triggered twice is is just as true.

    Found the numbers for you though.

    21675 days in your teams lifetime and you’ve won the Super Bowl Zero times.

    Not once in 520,200 hours has your team been the best.

    Not for one second in the 1,872,720,000+ available have you been able to savor that feeling of your team being #1.

  33. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm
    Someone who cares so much if the Vikings make the playoffs or not will automatically turn into a different fan when they already lost their Super Bowl.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You are so presumptively wrong. As a fan, the Packers have given me so much in my lifetime, it’s not important, to me, if they ever win anything substantive ever again. If they do, it’s pure frosting on the cake.

    How many fans of how many teams can say that? Not many.

  34. For my part, it’s just nice to have a guy that is concentrating on being the best he can be this upcoming season, as opposed to dragging his team through the mud for not giving him enough money (like that silly, mediocre rudolph fellow)

  35. stellarperformance says:
    June 2, 2019 at 1:46 pm
    Untimely Packer injuries. Now at the coaching level. The great NFCN equalizer.
    ——–
    This may be the earliest I’ve seen you start up your excuse machine, training camp hasn’t even started but your making excuses like you were mid-season last year.

  36. Matt LaFleur had a very succesful surgery Sunday, performed by renowned foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, one of the Packers team physicians.

    Matt will be in a walking boot now for 5 or 6 weeks. MLF was asked if that would affect his coaching in any way for the next 6 weeks?: “I’m good. Not going to affect anything,” LaFleur said.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  37. I realize someone was hoping for something negative and is upset that doctors and LaFleur say this is “not going to affect anything” for the Packers.

    “The plan for LaFleur is to coach from a cart while in a walking boot the next couple weeks and then the players take a break until late July. Matt LaFleur will be back on his feet for training camp starting July 25th.”

    Try to keep up👌

    #GoPackGo!

  38. In a cart, walking the sideline, sitting in the booth, who cares. This is a untested first year coach. We all know Rodgers calls the plays. Kinda like when we were kids playing in the street. Everyone go long except one guy cut at the Chevy. Free why are you arguing about how long an injury will last. It’s a torn ACL, one year plus.

  39. As usual on all your SN’s, you are lost.

    LaFleur tore his achilles.

    Again, do try to keep up little guy👌

    #GoPackGo!💪

  40. minnesotavikesngophers says:
    June 4, 2019 at 11:21 am
    As usual on all your SN’s, you are lost.

    LaFleur tore his achilles.

    Again, do try to keep up little guy👌
    —————————

    Fixed it for you.

    #GoPackGo!💪

  41. “The plan for LaFleur is to coach from a cart while in a walking boot the next couple weeks and then the players take a break until late July. Matt LaFleur will be back on his feet for training camp starting July 25th.”
    ———–
    You added the in a walking boot part in that quote yourself. I never said this would effect his coaching. I said you were wrong to say he was going to be in a walking boot for 5 -6 weeks right after his surgery.

    LOL that you feel the need to doctor a quote.

  42. I love how the person who didn’t even know what the injury was that MLF had surgery for is now a expert in the recovery process.

    Too funny.

    Moving on…

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  43. New white shiney coaches cart today at practice for LaFleur. Wheels big enough for muddin’😁

    Gute is ridin’ shotgun with Matt at the wheel.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

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