Matt LaFleur on Mike Pettine: It’s time for new leadership on defense

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Mike Pettine’s contract was up and the Packers decided not to renew it.

Now head coach Matt LaFleur is looking for a new defensive coordinator, saying Green Bay needs to be more consistent on the unit.

But in his season-ending press conference on Monday, LaFleur did credit Pettine for his contributions since he took over as head coach in 2019.

“Just really grateful for what Mike brought to us,” LaFleur said. “Obviously, he was a guy that I really leaned on. And anytime you make a decision like this, it’s never easy. It weighs heavily on your heart. Like I said, really grateful for everything he brought. Going to two straight NFC Championship games, we couldn’t have done it without Mike Pettine. And just felt like it was one of those deals where, again, it’s always a tough decision, but just needed some new leadership on that side of the ball. So that’s just the direction that we decided to go.”

LaFleur is reportedly interviewing Chargers passing game coordinator Joe Barry, Washington defensive backs coach Chris Harris, and Rams safeties coach Ejiro Evero. Barry, Evero, and LaFleur were all on the same Rams staff in 2017. Barry just left the Rams to take the Chargers job in January.

8 responses to “Matt LaFleur on Mike Pettine: It’s time for new leadership on defense

  1. Translation “I am the head coach just because I stood next to Mcvay and i really don’t know what to do “

  2. Wow, HUGE mistake. Ignore your soul-crushing, boneheaded, spineless coaching decisions because you can just heap the blame on Pettine now. PERFECT.

  3. Maybe it’s time to not kick a field goal when you’re down by 8, and then give the ball back to Brady.

  4. LaFleur said, I swear, it was Mike Pettine who made the call over the headphone to kick the field goal instead of trusting Aaron. He said “even my lousy defense could stop him, so kick the ball”. It won’t be long before they’ll be saying “its time for new leadership on offense”.

  5. After that bone-headed call to kick a field goal and give the ball back to TB, never to get it back, I think LeFleur should probably be quiet.

  6. After that bone-headed call to kick a field goal and give the ball back to TB, never to get it back, I think LeFleur should probably be quiet about leadership.

  7. The sad fact is any coach or coordinator can only play the personnel he’s given. Yes, Pettine made some mind-boggling dumb calls as the DC, especially the man coverage where King was 4 yards off his man(as usual!) I’m glad he’s gone, BUT… the front office shares blame. Guty needs to admit he blew it passing on TJ Watt– I watched King at Washington– physical skills, but ALWAYS hurt and hates tackling. Guty needs to pick up 2 elite corners (1 to replace King, the other to replace the slow Sullivan), a JJ Watt up front, and a middle LB.
    That, and an aggressive DC who hods players accountable. Just sayin’…

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