Matt LaFleur was only new head coach to win in Week One

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There were eight head coaching hires made this offseason and none of the new coaches squared off against one another in Week One, which meant there was a chance that the new coaches could go 8-0 to open the season.

That possibility remained alive after Matt LaFleur’s Packers beat the Bears 10-3 in the first game of the season. The notion went up in smoke from there, however.

New coaches went 0-5-1 on Sunday before Vic Fangio lost his Broncos debut to cap the week and LaFleur stands alone as the only new coach to begin his tenure as a winner.

The non-winners came in different forms. Zac Taylor’s Bengals were nipped by the Seahawks 21-20 on the road, while the Jets’ one-point loss was far less encouraging for Adam Gase. The Cardinals came roaring back to force a tie that felt closer to a win than many ties in Kliff Kingsbury’s debut, but Brian Flores’s Dolphins and Freddie Kitchens’s Browns were on the wrong end of blowouts.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians didn’t take quite as bad a beating, but the 31-17 loss to the 49ers showed he has plenty of work to do to clean up what’s been a mistake-prone club for quite some time.

The Browns and Jets play on Monday night in Week Two, so chances are good that at least one other head coach in this group will get a win this time around.

37 responses to “Matt LaFleur was only new head coach to win in Week One

  1. “Matt LaFleur was only new head coach to win in Week One”

    This was supposed to be the marquee to open the 100th season.

    It was an offensive disaster for both teams and neither team deserved to win.

    Kliff Kingsbury’s game was exciting and he didn’t lose.

  2. There has been 15 new head coaches in the last 2 seasons and Matt LaFleur is the only new head coach to win his debut.

    Matt’s only focus right now is getting to 2-0. One week at a time is what MLF will tell you, but we can take a moment to celebrate the good start of the new regime.👏

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  3. I thought cheesey said it was impossible for LaFleur to win his first game, because no other first-time Packer coaches had ever won their first games either?

    I thought he was always right!

  4. So according to Viking fans, the Bears team that beat them twice in a month less than a year ago is now trash, but the woeful Falcons who finished under .500 last season are now so difficult to beat (at home) that putting up 269 total yards against their elite D and allowing only 350 on defense is a dominant performance. Both numbers fail to top the Packers numbers against a better team, but that doesn’t matter. Funny how that works.

  5. “Good start but they played horrible”

    ========

    You do seem worried for your Vikings when the Packers offense starts clicking. The Bears D is superior to the Vikings D so pay close attention this week.

    This will be the last SN of yours I will read or reply to all season. Good luck trying to get my attention.👌

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  6. It was a really good victory for the Packers on Thursday. Any time you go on the road and beat the defending division champions while holding them to only three points, you’ve done something impressive. I’m not sure how much Matt LaFleur had to do with the victory, though. He was supposed to revolutionize the Packers offense but they looked worse than they did last year, when they were 6-9-1. Rodgers was still short-hopping easy throws. The defense is clearly improved, but Mitch Trubisky did his best Christian Ponder impression by staring down receivers and taking off running when his first read was covered. The interception in the end zone to win the game was inexcusable and not too many quarterbacks are going to throw that pass. Like every team, there’s still a lot to learn about this Packers team.

  7. Matt LaFleur winning his first game was about as interesting as watching paint dry. Heck,
    I would rather listen to Chris Simms Unbuttoned at the dentist office.

  8. pkrlvr says:
    September 10, 2019 at 10:40 am
    It won’t be two in a row.
    —–
    Odds-makers say differently
    ——-
    Cool.
    And packer fans say that this is their bye week.
    Why are there odds on a game that is a bye week?
    Why are the packers even practicing if it’s an automatic win for GB?

  9. What’s cute is Vikings fans were saying that the Vikings would have to work hard to have the low yardage total the Packers receivers had, and then came out and had fewer yards than the Packers. They must have been working super hard.

  10. And packer fans say that this is their bye week
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    That was one dude, consider the source and get over it. I promise you, this is a huge game for all Packer fans. A game up in the division and good tie breaker setups is big. Not to mention the bragging rights!

  11. The TNF game featured advanced playcalling that was stopped by two really good defenses. The Packers and Bears offenses will both put up points, but what’s scary is that the Packers’ defense is much better than prior years. I see the division shaking out like this:
    1. Packers
    2. Bears
    3. Vikings
    4. Lions

  12. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

    What’s cute is Vikings fans were saying that the Vikings would have to work hard to have the low yardage total the Packers receivers had, and then came out and had fewer yards than the Packers. They must have been working super hard.
    ________

    Nope. The receivers were just standing there while the quarterback handed off to the running back on a dive play to run out the clock. The Vikings were dominant and didn’t have to pass. The Packers were in a dogfight and struggled passing. See the difference?

  13. El Guapo says:
    September 10, 2019 at 11:24 am

    The TNF game featured advanced playcalling that was stopped by two really good defenses.
    ____________

    Advanced playcalling? Seriously?

    “Okay, Mitch. On this play, I want you to stare down one receiver. If he’s covered, take off running.”

    “Okay, Aaron. On this play, I want you to throw an easy little swing pass to the running back, but make sure the ball lands right at his feet.”

  14. The Packers were also playing against an elite defense. The Vikings… well… lol. Matt Ryan literally threw the ball to the Vikings defender twice. Rodgers doesn’t do that. I did see a fumble by Cousins… which he does do quite a bit. Expect more of that on Sunday.

  15. The Vikings were dominant and didn’t have to pass. The Packers were in a dogfight and struggled passing. See the difference?
    —–
    The Pack was playing the best defense in the league on the road and the Vikings were playing a sub .500 team with a terrible defense at home. See the difference?

  16. Anyone that saw LaFleur’s postgame speech in the locker room knows this was special to him and the team. You saw Matt get the game ball for his first win from his players and Matt ending the speech saying:

    “I appreciate every guy in this locker room. Bring it in…family on three..1..2..3”

    FAMILY!!!!

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  17. pkrlvr says:

    The Pack was playing the best defense in the league on the road and the Vikings were playing a sub .500 team with a terrible defense at home. See the difference?

    —–

    That’s just it. Cheesy doesn’t see the difference. No other team ever has injuries that matter. If they beat a team, it’s because they were dominant, and imposed their will on the other team. If any other team wins, it’s because the other team wasn’t good.

    The only thing that really matters is 13-0.

  18. Packer fans should be proud of the win — the Bears are a good team. But lets be serious, Pettine won the game not LaFleur.

  19. first and foremost mad pro[ps for pkrlvr calling out wafflestomp
    next, no should care about winning one game even if its the first. History shows first are head coaches have trouble having winning records and are even less likely to make the playoffs
    lastly last year does not matter this year. what the falcons, bears or any team did last year has zero bearing on this year. keep in mind that is team wise, not players wise.

    you all are welcome

  20. The Packers won as a team. They were better than the bears in all three phases of the game. GB had the better offense, the better defense and the better special teams.

    LaFluer get’s the win and the entire team contributed.

    Hell, I’d give the game ball to the baby faced punter.

  21. But lets be serious, Pettine won the game not LaFleur.
    ——
    Agreed. 10 pts on offense with last year’s defense and we would be 0-1. That’s what’s so exciting though, we’ve always had to rely solely on AR to carry he load. Seems like maybe now he’s just one piece of the puzzle.

  22. pkrlvr says:
    September 10, 2019 at 11:44 am

    The Pack was playing the best defense in the league on the road and the Vikings were playing a sub .500 team with a terrible defense at home. See the difference?
    ______

    By the same token, the Pack was playing a team with a terrible offense while the Vikings were playing a team with a great offense. Yet all we’ve heard all week is that the Packers have the best defense in the league now.

  23. Keep in mind that this is LaFleur’s staff and yes Pettine is a great D coordinator and LaFleur was smart to keep him. Mike Pettine was a great D coordinator last year and wasn’t as successful. Yes, players that fit his defense were added, but LaFleur is involved in that as well. Also, the fact that Pettine is down on the sideline now shows me more of LaFleur’s influence on this defense.

    Special teams as well. Shawn Mennenga was a great hire by LaFleur. It was clear on Thursday nite that the special teams are better. Less penalties and JK Scott was a great talent last year, but looks like the 2nd coming of Ray Guy now.

    Gute and LaFleur are very close and I am not saying McCarthy and Gute were not close, but LaFleur is Gute’s guy and that helps him do his job and make this roster stronger.

    One win won’t make a season, but I very much like what I see so far and look out when this offense gets going.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  24. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:

    By the same token, the Pack was playing a team with a terrible offense while the Vikings were playing a team with a great offense. Yet all we’ve heard all week is that the Packers have the best defense in the league now.

    ———

    Ah yes. The Bears are terrible offense and the Falcons are a great offense.

    As evidenced by the Bears scoring 26.3 points per game last year to the Falcons lofty 25.9.

    That’s not a typo.

  25. Can’t blame the Pack for celebrating a win…they’ve been few and far between the past several years…

  26. Can’t blame the Pack for celebrating a win…they’ve been few and far between the past several years…
    —–
    Dude, your team has one playoff victory since the Favre regime. Stop posting as if you’re a Pats fan.

  27. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:

    The TNF game featured advanced playcalling that was stopped by two really good defenses.
    ____________

    Advanced playcalling? Seriously?
    ____________

    Yes, both teams were calling running back passes on 1st down, which is the most efficient play on 1st down in the NFL. They weren’t giving up on the pass just because it was difficult. It’s called analytics, my friend.

    And if you’re surprised that more teams aren’t studying which plays are the most efficient and then using that data calling plays, then you may be surprised that about a third of the league is still running on 1st and 2nd down then wondering why they can’t convert on third down.

    As for what you were describing, that was the players’ execution of the playcalling. That’s different than the act of calling the plays. Apples and oranges, my friend.

  28. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 10, 2019 at 6:42 pm
    Vikings: Embracing the suck for darn near 60 years.
    ————
    By your own definition, the packers have therefore embraced the suck longer than the Vikings.
    86 failed years in cheese town.

  29. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    September 10, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    86 failed years in cheese town.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Packers have an NFL record thirteen championships and the Vikings own the NFL records for the most postseason losses, including the most one and done postseason appearances. Those infamous tags are compounded by the Vikings never winning anything.

    You do the math.

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