Packers officially announce LaFleur is the new head coach

Matt La Fleur

Just after the Packers announced that LaFleur, formerly the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, would be taking the reins in Green Bay, people had a lot to say.

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).

"I think there's excitement, but there's tempered excitement", Milwaukee's 105.7 The Fan host Chuck Freimund said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. "I'm going to need guys in those spots so I can attend to whatever it is we're doing on offense".

LaFleur became the 15th head coach for the Packers' franchise, after being interviewed on Sunday.

And LaFleur can only hope it goes as well as it did with another MVP quarterback he coached.

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In two years as the quarterbacks coach for the Falcons, LaFleur worked with Matt Ryan, who ranked in the top 10 in the National Football League over that span (min. 500 pass att.) in passer rating (No. 2 - 102.1), passing yards (No. 2 - 9,535), completion percentage (No. 4 - 67.9), completions (No. 5 - 780) and passing touchdowns (No. 8 - 59). There were plenty of other strong candidates vying for the opportunity to work with an all-time great QB in the back half of his career, but Green Bay was smart to pass on all of them and go with LaFleur. He interviewed for the head coaching job in Tennessee before Vrabel was hired.

Fitting LaFleur was with his family when he got the call. The Titans finished 9-7 with a combination of Marcus Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and missed the playoffs. The lessons I learned this year, I learned football is not easy. He then left the Rams to be a playcalling coordinator for the Titans last season - a move Murphy admired.

Introductory press conferences are always a celebration and this one signaled a stark contrast in the mood around Green Bay in recent months. Quite honestly, if he had stayed in L.A. with the kind of year they had this year, he'd be the hot candidate. Murphy couldn't stop smiling, and jumped in several times to tell stories about LaFleur.

LaFleur is regarded as one of the top young minds in the NFL.

It's good that LaFleur and Rodgers have already started talking, because the new head coach's success or failure depends in Green Bay will be measured by one question: Can he get the most out of Rodgers's last few seasons?

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