Matt LaFleur's past -- and his future coaching in Green Bay


"We're also excited about the person-he is bright with a great work ethic and a flawless fit for Green Bay and the organization".

LaFleur comes from the Mike Shanahan and Sean McVay coaching tree.

"It went kind of quiet [and Murphy though], 'Oh, geez, did the connection break?'" Murphy said.

"This is a little surreal for me right now", LaFleur said to begin his remarks.

"I needed to challenge myself", LaFleur said. Rodgers had the authority to change plays and often did so, to the frustration of McCarthy, who struggled at times to get into a rhythm. LaFleur is 39 years old, just four years older than Rodgers, so there are questions about how he'll be able to manage Rodgers and the type of relationship they will have. He thinks they are both already on the same page.

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LaFleur said his year in Tennessee was a necessary learning experience that got him out of his comfort zone and allowed him to grow as a coach, opening up the opportunity to be the coach and playcaller in Green Bay.

LaFleur, who has worked in the National Football League since 2008, also served as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. He spent the 2017 season as the Rams offensive coordinator and helped Los Angeles rank first in the National Football League in scoring and 10th in total offense.

In Tennessee, LaFleur was given a backfield committee of Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry, and as the play-caller, LaFleur wisely realized in the second half of the season that Henry's powerful running style meshed better with the team's blocking abilities. Before that, he was offensive coordinator on McVay's staff in Los Angeles. "But he did it because it he knew it would help him become a head coach, to take on the play calling responsibility", Murphy said. I think it's a system that's really predicated on building the run game with the pass game. The Titans finished 9-7 with a combination of Marcus Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and missed the playoffs. It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster, in the success they are having there this year.

LaFleur was in the auto at the time. He kicked off the press conference with a surprisingly revealing 10-minute monologue on the search process and how they landed on their guy.

Now in Green Bay, LaFleur will build on Aaron Jones' breakout season and get the most out of the 24-year-old as a true feature back - this after McCarthy took a lot of heat for forcing touches to Jamaal Williams even though Jones was the more dynamic back. "Fits the mold that everybody wants - young, sharp, good looking", said Schmid.