Packers HC Matt LaFleur credits experience with Titans for new opportunity

Packers Hire Titans OC Matt LaFleur as Head Coach

The Green Bay Packers made a rather surprising decision on Monday, hiring Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur as their new head coach.

It's also why Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy felt even more of an obligation to entrust his new hire: The Rams were already a loaded team at the time and were trending upward. "We're an organization where they've done a great job of picking the right coaches - and able to win and sustain success", said Gary Ellerson, former Packers player, host.

It'll be up to LaFleur to get Rodgers back to the MVP form he showed in winning the award in 2011 and 2014, and in rallying the Packers from a 4-6 start in 2016 to a berth in the NFC championship game that year. As for the QBs under him, LaFleur has brought out their best in the vertical and play-action passing games.

LaFleur, who has worked in the National Football League since 2008, also served as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. But in Green Bay, he'll aim to do so and change the narrative that now follows him like a black cloud after a challenged year with the Titans.

LaFleur says he learned an important lesson in 2018.

"It would have been easy to stay in LA., you look at the season they are having there", LaFleur says.

"I took the risk because I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach". LaFleur will be the team's youngest head coach since Curly Lambeau.

The Packers have the pieces to make it work, and now they believe they have the handyman that can help put them all in place.

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LaFleur was the 10th and final candidate, and after the interview, Murphy, Gutekunst and Ball looked at each other said, "That was good wasn't it?" He was their guy.

"My philosophy is to lead, teach and inspire, not just our football players but everyone in this building", LaFleur said. "In this league, or in life, you never stay the same".

"We're ready to get after it and I think we have the flawless candidate to lead us to where we want to go".

"Our mentality is going to be to get a little bit better every day".

"I thought we were going to get in a vehicle accident", said LaFleur, who was introduced Wednesday afternoon as the 15th head coach in Packers franchise history.

Prior to that LaFleur spent four seasons (2010-13) as quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins and one season coaching quarterbacks for Notre Dame (2014).

"He played with a really depleted team in Tennessee a year ago, and had them a game away from the playoffs".

"I think we've found a gem in Matt and we're really excited about the future under his leadership".

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