Matt LaFleur is 8-2, other first-year coaches are struggling

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A quarter of the NFL hired a new head coach this offseason, and most of those new coaches aren’t getting good results.

Of the eight NFL head coaches who were hired this year, only Packers coach Matt LaFleur has a winning record. Here are the standings of the eight coaches in their first seasons:

Matt Lafleur, Packers: 8-2
Freddie Kitchens, Browns: 4-6
Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals: 3-7-1
Vic Fangio, Broncos: 3-7
Adam Gase, Jets: 3-7
Bruce Arians, Buccaneers: 3-7
Brian Flores, Dolphins: 2-8
Zac Taylor, Bengals: 0-10

Most first-year head coaches are taking over bad teams, because it’s usually only the bad teams that get rid of their coaches. But it’s unusual for first-year coaches to struggle as much as they are this season. Last year three first-year coaches — Frank Reich, Matt Nagy and Mike Vrabel — had winning records. This year it’s likely to be LaFleur, and no one else.

48 responses to “Matt LaFleur is 8-2, other first-year coaches are struggling

  1. Look at the QB’s the other coaches have to work with. Kingsbury gets a slight pass because his QB is a rookie.

  2. out of all of those teams any person on the couch could show up and lead the packers to a better record than the rest of them.

    im not saying he is bad, but come on. he has Rodgers and all the flags in the world to be great.

  3. Only because the packers are the charity case of the NFL. Even the “wins” the officials gave them, it was barely a win. One day when Goodell and company are gone, the packers will go back to being a mediocre team that will be lucky to get 6 wins a season for decades. They have been handed everything they ever gotten.

  4. As far as the other first year coaches, I can’t necessary put all the blame on them. You mention they assumed bad teams, but more importantly they were hired by inept GM’s (looking at you Elway).
    Until some of these teams clean house in the front office, they ain’t going nowhere. Unfortunately some of these coaches will end up being the scapegoat.

  5. You compare lafleur to other first year coaches. Those other coaches don’t have Rodgers, they’re stuck with terrible qbs. Have him switch places with any of those other first year coaches and he would be on the hot seat ready to get fired. Lafleur is a puppet. A yes man.

  6. im not saying he is bad, but come on. he has Rodgers and all the flags in the world to be great.
    ——
    Two. He’s had two. Geez people love to latch on to a narrative. I understand it from Viking fans (just waiting for the first one to show up and say it’s all because of Clete Blakeman) because that’s how they rationalize us being on top of the division the entire year, but let’s get real.

  7. “out of all of those teams any person on the couch could show up and lead the packers to a better record than the rest of them.”

    Yeah nope. Somehow people think playing fantasy football gives them actual knowledge on how to run a real NFL franchise. It doesn’t.

  8. Well…yeah, he’s the only one who inherited a future HOF QB to coach. You’d have expected him to get good results from the start in comparison to his 1st year counterparts.

  9. Many of you are overplaying the QB factor. Yes who your QB is important but Mike McCarthy was fired for struggling with the same QB that is now having success with LeFleur. There are many other factors that are just as important that come into play. The Browns with the same QB went from winning with Greg Williams to losing with Freddie Kitchens.

  10. Kingsbury and the Cardinals may not have the record but Murray is developing and that’s exactly what everyone should be focused on. The record will come as Murray develops and the roster becomes improves.

  11. For the last 5 years everyone was saying AR was done, washed up and over rated. Pack should keep Mike and trade Aaron and start over.

    They can Mike and bring in a pretty good young coach with an offense that is a bit more modern and the team is doing well and everyone says it’s because of Rodgers.

    Which is it? He sucks or he’s the only reason they win?

  12. I’ll also be the first to admit it when I was right. Mike Zimmer is the best coach of all time and Kirk Cousins will be remembered as the greatest of all time when it’s all said and done.

  13. Tell you what: he’s doing a great job with that group, but as the article points out, it was a good group to begin with.

    Having Aaron Rodgers isn’t necessarily a plus all of the time. It’s pretty obvious that Arrogant Rodgers could teach master classes on how to be an insufferable jerk. Even with all that talent, I’m sure he has made life difficult for his coaches more than occasionally.

    And it’s probably no coincidence that LaFleur has displayed a questionable feel for what to call inside the 5. With his roster, the answer is easy: hand it to Aaron Jones. While he has done that plenty, he has also called his share of head-scratchers down there that have witnessed Rodgers throwing it away because the opening wasn’t perfect.

    All that said, I’m pretty impressed with LaFleur. We’ll see what happens down the stretch. Should be interesting…

  14. People don’t realize; in order for me to pay off the referees in the Packers’ favor each week, I can’t do it without the knowledge of LaFleur. He agrees with me; we don’t do it for the wins. We do it solely to irritate and trigger Viking trolls.

    You can see how well it’s working!

  15. “Well…yeah, he’s the only one who inherited a future HOF QB to coach. You’d have expected him to get good results from the start in comparison to his 1st year counterparts.”

    If

  16. “Well…yeah, he’s the only one who inherited a future HOF QB to coach. You’d have expected him to get good results from the start in comparison to his 1st year counterparts.”

    If Rodgers is the only reason he is successful with this years Packers team then why didnt McCarthy have a winning season last year and miss the playoffs? same team this year but with a better defense.Lefluer wins because he changed the offensive scheme to be successful,calls great plays and isnt afraid to gamble on fourth down.Rodgers is only one cog in the Packers new and improved offensive machine which still has room to improve.smart innovative coaches win,the other McCarthy thinking coaches lose.

  17. Well duh, the packers were gonna be good whether they hired LaFleur, Caldwell, Pagano, Philbin, Fitzgerald, or Coach Klein.

    Put LaFleur on the Bucs and see how he does then

  18. Competing narratives going on here.

    1. LaFleur is nothing — he has Rodgers.

    2. Rodgers is mediocre at best, over the hill.

    So? What is it. Both come off like sorry fantasies.

    Really, Green Bay has a solid team and LaFleur, working with Gute, and still learning on the job, has the makings to be a solid head coach for a long run in Green Bay.

  19. Not sure what to make of LaFleur but I think the Packer’s success will be the biggest factor why Mike McCarthy will not get a job next year.

  20. Some of us have been saying for years that McCarthy was holding the Packers back. I like LaFleur, but not having McCarthy is the biggest reason they are good again.

  21. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    I’ll also be the first to admit it when I was right. Mike Zimmer is the best coach of all time and Kirk Cousins will be remembered as the greatest of all time when it’s all said and done.

    what a difference 5 weeks makes……..this is as laughable as their 50 years of Greatness campaign

  22. Kitchens seems lost and frustrated every game. I think they backed the wrong assistant on this one

  23. Is cheese drunk? I mean you always spout nonsense, but this takes it to a new level. I guess 25 years of HOF qb play can wear in ya over time

  24. As a close personal friend of the Shield, I have to admit it. The fix is in.
    Of course all of these games are being thrown by the refs to get the Packers in the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars are at stake!
    My God man! Can you imagine Minnesota being in the Super Bowl?!?
    Nobody is going to watch that! Fortunes would be lost!
    Bud Light and Doritos would go into Chapter 12!
    I know it’s hard on you loyal (and knowledgeable!) fans, but it’s the Economy!
    Stupid.

  25. First year wonder mostly following Erin’s wishes, combined with a good dose of ref favoritism, along with riding what’s left of the wake of Mike M. Nagy had a taste of early success, then, this season.

  26. Do I think Mike McCarthy would be 8-2? No, I don’t. Maybe more like 6-4. I don’t think McCarthy would position the Pack win in SF. If LaFleur wins that one, then I will be truly impressed.

  27. Aaron Rodgers has nothing to do with that LMAO cmon man. Look at the other QBs in that list. Half already benched their “starter”.

  28. LaFleur has a huge advantage with a future HOF quarterback but he clearly must be doing something right to be 8-2 in his first season. Packers seemed to have had most everything go right for them this season. Reminds me a lot of Nagy and Chicago last year. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out the rest of the way and in the playoffs.

  29. The Flower is terrible. What the hell was with the play calling and strategy tonight. I think towards the end he called short stuff to keep his QB from getting killed. He conceded the loss early and decided they have some crap teams ahead lets keep Aaron in one piece for those powder puff games.
    I mean consistently the Niners threw to streaking players down the middle and not once did Rodgers ever try that type of pass or did they run that type of route. All the deep stuff were sideline tosses. I think Rodgers likes those because they are hard to intercept.

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