Packers head coach Matt LaFleur used to work for the Falcons, so he was able to give offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett some inside information about the organization before Hackett interviewed for their head coaching vacancy this week.
LaFleur said he had a “very special” experience while on former head coach Dan Quinn’s Falcons staff and he had equally high praise for Hackett’s readiness to move up to a head coaching position.
“That’s really exciting,” LaFleur said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s earned it. I think he’d do a helluva job. Just everything that he’s added, the value that he’s brought here, it’s hard to quantify that. And he does a great job with our entire offense, a great job with leading our offensive staff, and so I’m excited for him to get his opportunity. I have a lot of confidence that there’s no doubt he’s fully capable of doing a great job and somebody would be lucky to have a guy like him.”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that Hackett’s “presence in front of the room” is one of his underrated qualities and that “any team would be lucky to have him leading their squad.” The Falcons are meeting with several other candidates and looking for a General Manager, so it may be a little while before we know if they’re swayed by those reviews.