Matt LaFleur introduced as Packers head coach

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

Matt LaFleur speaks during a press conference to be introduced as head coach of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 09, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. "But he did it because he knew it would help him become a head coach, to take on the playcalling responsibilities".

There will come a time when Matt LaFleur will have to correct something Aaron Rodgers does.

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

With a new head coach, fans said they're eager to get back on the winning side of the game, hopeful Coach LaFleur will lead the Packers to victory.

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"I needed to challenge myself", LaFleur said.

The Packers were the only team the 39-year-old LaFleur talked to.

Rodgers has said in the past that he prefers his quarterback coaches to be guys who have actually played the position.

"The foundation, it goes back to Mike Shanahan", LaFleur said. "We need to get better and we need to play harder, and we think he can do that for us". He worked under Shanahan in Atlanta, serving as Matt Ryan's quarterbacks coach in 2016 when Ryan won NFL MVP honors, and the Falcons whipped the Packers in the NFC Title game to reach the Super Bowl. "A lot better situation than the Packers were in, so in that sense, you got to be optimistic that he's going to be able to get it done for them", said Schmid. The Titans finished 9-7 with a combination of Marcus Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and missed the playoffs. Quite honestly, if he had stayed in L.A. with the kind of year they had this year, he'd be the hot candidate.

"I took the risk because I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach. I think I probably learned as much from him as he learned from me".

Even though the season didn't end the way LaFleur and the Titans had hoped for it to, the former OC remains grateful for the experience. "There's one goal - always has been one goal - and that's to win world championships". Murphy couldn't stop smiling, and jumped in several times to tell stories about LaFleur. "Fits the mold that everybody wants - young, sharp, good looking", said Schmid. They required a coach with whom Rodgers will click, but person also needed to be an offensive-minded coach who understands Green Bay needs to be less dependent on the QB in order to win big again.

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