Sean McVay: It’ll be fun to coach against great friend Matt LaFleur

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The Rams and Packers will play in the divisional round on Saturday, which means good friends Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur will be on opposite sidelines for the first time as head coaches.

The two men first worked together in Washington on Mike Shanahan’s staff from 2010-2013. When Los Angeles hired McVay in 2017, he brought LaFleur on to be the club’s offensive coordinator. The Rams went from worst to first in scoring that season, winning the NFC West for the first time since 2003.

LaFleur got hired to call plays as the Titans offensive coordinator in 2018 and became the Packers head coach a year later. Now the Packers are the No. 1 seed taking on the No. 6 Rams.

On Sunday, McVay said he follows Green Bay closely because of his friendship with LaFleur. But he’s not sure that relationship provides any advantage or disadvantage for either side.

“It gives you a perspective of why they’ve done such a good job. You’re not surprised,” McVay said during his press conference. “I think it’s just when Matt got the opportunity to go there, the last thing I was surprised by was the success that he had. He’s a great coach. He’s a great friend of mine. You’re so happy to see that success. It’s pretty crazy that we’re getting an opportunity to play against one another — really, our teams our getting to play each other in the divisional round. That’s going to be the most important thing, is the Rams versus the Packers and we’ll see if we can go and get after Matt a little bit. It’ll be fun.”

McVay also admitted he’s taken a play or two from LaFleur’s Packers film, though that goes both ways.

“I joke with him about running plays that we rant previous week the next week. And I’ll steal from him, too. So, we definitely give each other a good time,” McVay said. “But there’s a handful of plays that I think each of us have run over the last couple years that we’ve copied from one another.”

McVay vs. LaFleur should be a fun matchup to keep an eye on throughout the rest of the week.

11 responses to “Sean McVay: It’ll be fun to coach against great friend Matt LaFleur

  1. Before the loss to the Jets and recent injuries the Rams worried me the most as a Packer fan because they match up so well. Put Ramsey on Adams and let Donald go be Donald (my vote for MVP). They can play all our wideouts man to man and probably rush 5. On offense they once again have one of the better performing offensive lines in the run game. When Goff or whomever is running the offense has play action playing QB in the NFL in 2021 is a lot easier than 1980. If Donald is even 90% it makes a world of difference.

  2. This should be a good coaching match up. Can’t wait to see which team knocks my Packres out. Disappointing fun ahead!

  3. Should be a great game but I will take the Packers offense over the Rams so if GBs defense shows up at all they will win.

  4. “McVay wishes he had waited for an opening with a real QB.”

    Yes, three playoff and one SB appearance in four years must just be burning him up inside.

  5. McVay already gone to Superbowl while Matt still trying to sniff it. McVay wins because he’s a better coach. 21-17 Rams.

  6. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    January 11, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Question is does lafleur still remember how McVay likes his coffee
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    Weird, that a big, smart, successful coach like Mike Zimmer would be completely schooled within the division the last two seasons by a west coast barista. 🤣

  7. Wafflestomp says:
    January 12, 2021 at 11:45 am
    wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    January 11, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Question is does lafleur still remember how McVay likes his coffee
    ________

    Weird, that a big, smart, successful coach like Mike Zimmer would be completely schooled within the division the last two seasons by a west coast barista.

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    I’m sure Rodgers will not put LaFleur “Jeopardy” of losing. Most coaches do not have the luxury of inheriting a future HOFer at QB that he really doesn’t need to coach. The Rams match up very well with the Packers. Rams can run the ball which seems to be the Packers Achilles heel this year as far as being consistent in stopping the run. Forget about Donald not playing, he is going to play. Rams will win if they can sustain long drives that eat the clock up, keep Aaron on the bench and the Rams D gets off the field in 3rd down.

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