Matt LaFleur: We definitely need to involve Aaron Jones more

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Packers head coach Matt LaFleur called the team’s performance in Sunday night’s loss to the 49ers “unacceptable” immediately after the game and he didn’t have any kinder words when he spoke to the media on Monday.

LaFleur aimed much of his criticism at himself. He said the 49ers did a “much better job” of coaching and cited the usage of running back Aaron Jones as an example. Jones ran 13 times and did not catch a pass for the second straight week despite his ability to make plays out of the backfield being a big factor in the team’s 7-1 start to the season.

“I think we definitely need to involve him more,” LaFleur said, via “I think a little bit yesterday was a product of that scheme. There’s not a lot of [opportunities] for the backs, and then when we try to get the ball to the backs out of the backfield, they did a nice job of having vision on our halfbacks. That falls on me right there. I gotta do a better job of making sure he’s in the game when some of those plays are called for the halfbacks.”

Jones averaged over 19 touches a game during Green Bay’s four-game winning streak in October, but has averaged under 12 touches a game while the team’s gone 1-2 in November. They’ll try to get on a better track against the 2-9 Giants this week.

25 responses to “Matt LaFleur: We definitely need to involve Aaron Jones more

  1. Last week is over. You press the reset button and it’s all about trying to go 1-0 each week.

    The Packers are 8-3 with 5 games in the regular season to go. Everything they want to achieve is still right in front of them. Nothing has been lost.

    One game at a time. New York is the focus this week.


  2. Interesting response to that game. I’d argue the exact opposite.

    Green Bay was down like 3 scores at one point and they were still running on first and second down. Even crazier when they called an inside run on 4th and 1 and got stuffed. You have Aaron Rodgers, man! Let him get you the first down.

    Lafleur actually runs a very vanilla offense, it’s all inside runs and screen passes. If they don’t have a lead early, they’re in trouble. I’m not convinced at all that he’s a good coach yet.

  3. his ability to make plays out of the backfield being a big factor in the team’s 7-1 start to the season.
    A bunch of home games and help from the zebras were the big factors.

  4. “I think we definitely need to involve him more,” LaFleur said, via

    Matt – you need to have a discussion with your on field OC, Aaron Rodgers, on why he isn’t utilizing Jones more.

    Be prepared to have him quit on you if you have that discussion – that’s what happened to your predecessor.

    History has been known to repeat itself…

  5. Who’s calling the plays, Matt? If you want Jones involved more, then involve him. And don’t focus on Adams. Get Graham out of there. He’s washed up. And get Bulaga’s replacement in the next draft. The guy’s injured constantly.

  6. He’s a 1st year head coach that’s learning on the fly. That being said, he has to do more than lip service for improving this team’s play. Rodgers isn’t the best offensive player on this team anymore … it’s Jones. Get him the ball on the ground and in the air.

  7. Memo to MLF: When you’re behind 23 – 0 at the half it’s way yo late to think about a running game. This was quite evident you spent well over 10 minutes in the 3rd to score a single touch down.

  8. You mean throwing 20 passes for 61 yards in the first half isn’t a good idea? Getting demolished in 2 of 3 games is not the way you want to enter the final stretch of the season. This good be going downhill fast.
    Well, when you’re 8-3 and still have the fate of your division in your own hands there’s certainly no reason to panic. Despite the contrary belief on here, a first-round bye is not out of the picture. GB has the easiest remaining schedule left of any of the teams currently in the playoff race in the NFC.

  9. Rodgers is still ranked #9 according to NFL (the folks that own the show.) Cousins is #11. Who’s sweating? Not the Packers.

  10. stellarperformance says:
    November 26, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Rodgers is still ranked #9 according to NFL (the folks that own the show.) Cousins is #11.

    You get me every time. I can’t help myself, I have to respond. I know you understand this and are just trying to be annoying, but I have to point this out for anyone who may not be paying attention. The NFL is ranking players according to passing yards. They rank running backs according to rushing yards and they rank wide receivers according to receiving yards. They aren’t saying the player with the most yards is the best. They’re just using a convenient way of presenting the data. I suppose you think the NFL is trying to tell you that Jameis Winston is the second-best quarterback in the NFL and Lamar Jackson is the 18th-best.

    I wonder what other ways we could evaluate quarterbacks? Let’s try passer rating. Hmmm…Now Cousins is ranked first and Rodgers is ranked…let’s see here…12th (minimum 100 attempts).

    Let’s try some other categories just for fun:

    Completion percentage: Cousins 4th, Rodgers 18th.
    Yards per attempt: Cousins 3rd, Rodgers 16th.
    Touchdown passes: Cousins 4th, Rodgers 10th.

    You have no credibility.

  11. Green Bay has only 3 difference makers on offense. Adams, Jones and Bak. Rodgers is good enough. Lazard is coming. Jenkins too.

    But Matt LaFleur failed his first big test. Sure the game got away from Green Bay pretty quick, however the offense in the last 6 games or so always the same:

    Establish Aaron Jones immediately (or Davanta, once he came back). LaFleur should use Jones as a decoy early, get some of the stiffs involved early. MVS is invisible, Geronimo looks to have zero confidence, and Jimmy…well even when Jimmy does everything right his second foot is hitting the pylon instead of the ground, or he just fails to bring it in.

    And Coach when down 23-0 at half your response is “stick to the plan”? Madness. Now take your mulligan, and try and get a home game.

  12. Let’s face it. The Pack hasn’t beaten a decent team this year.

    They beat KC without Mahomes. They beat the Vikes when they were struggling.

    That’s it.

    No one should think Niners’ beat down is so awe inspiring.

  13. The first stat you find on the NFL site when looking at quarterbacks is yards passing. Every individual time you open the site, there it is again. They obviously chose that stat as the most important, not me. Rodgers is #9, Cousins is #11. I don’t make the rules.

  14. Involve A. Jones more. Isn’t that what the previous head coach (McMuffin) whould say after every game?

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