LaFleur Hiring Brings "Tempered Excitement" To Green Bay

LaFleur Hiring Brings

"It is my pleasure to introduce Matt LaFleur as our 15 head coach of the Green Bay Packers in our 100 season", said Packers President Mark Murphy.

"My wife and I were driving to pick our kids up from school, I thought I was going to get in an accident", said LaFleur.

"The conversation went great", LaFleur said.

"I think he has a good chance at being an outstanding coach".

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.

"We wanted someone who could win", Gutekunst declared, "and that's what we found in Matt".

Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin was one of the 10 interviewed, he was the first interview after the season ended. "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's first National Football League coaching experience came as an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2008-09, where he worked with the quarterbacks and wide receivers.

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"I briefly spoke to (Rodgers) prior to accepting the job", LaFleur said during an introductory news conference at Lambeau Field.

"I think we're both on the same page". The Titans finished last season ranked 27th in scoring offense.

The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this season as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, his first calling plays in the NFL. We like to have plays, we like to say plays that start off looking the same but are different, plays that play off of plays. "It lessens the predictability of what you're trying to do, and it keeps a defense more off-balance". While with the Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan earned NFL MVP honors.

The key to it all will be the relationship between the quarterback and playcaller. "The first thing Matt said was, 'I'm speechless.' I knew then that this was genuine excitement".

LaFleur will now get to work putting together his coaching staff as the busy offseason continues.

LaFleur was in the auto at the time.

He was in the auto with his wife, BreAnne, who was driving around the Nashville area as the couple was on the way to pick up their two sons, Luke and Ty, from school. The well-traveled offensive-minded coach will have some high-expectations immediately placed upon him with his name amongst the ranks of Super Bowl-winning head coaches Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren, and Mike McCarthy before him.

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