Matt La Fleur replaced Mike Mc Carthy as Packers head coach
11 January, 2019, 03:54
"I'll never forget the first time I corrected him on the field", LaFleur recalled. When you're dealing with a quarterback, it is a partnership.
Murphy said LaFleur was chosen after discussions with an National Football League advisory committee and watching videos of interviews the National Football League provided to vet potential coaching candidates.
"Quite honestly, the way our team's structured, we [need] somebody who's going to be able to work with Aaron and help him play the very best he can play", Packers president Mark Murphy said. We needed a good offensive one.
It may not be easy for Rodgers at first.
LaFleur, who is from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, made his start in the National Football League coaching ranks in 2008 with the Houston Texans, connecting with Kyle Shanahan, now the San Francisco 49ers head coach.
It's also an offense Rodgers spoke admiringly of during the season. Before that, he was offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, helping direct a high-powered offense with coach Sean McVay calling plays. Regardless of who the team brings on as offensive coordinator - or if they opt to carry on with a pass and run game coordinator as an alternative - that won't change.
"He had a unique combination of confidence and humility", Murphy said.
LaFleur certainly is, and that phone call with the two-time MVP quarterback only energized him more.
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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.
"It would have been easy to stay in LA., you look at the season they are having there", LaFleur says.
The Packers interviewed LaFleur Sunday after five days of coaching interviews that reportedly included interim Packers coach Joe Philbin, the New England Patriots' offensive and defensive coordinators, and the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and their offensive coordinator. He'd be flying all over the country talking to everybody.
Wednesday, the 39-year-old coach will get his introduction to Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers media corps.
And he's ready to integrate Rodgers into what he called "our system". Shanahan and McVay run offenses that have been praised for being innovative.
"It's important you hire the best candidate not the best interviewer".
"We like to say plays that start off looking the same but are different, plays that play off of plays", he said later. When you're making adjustments when the defense is out there.
"We're ready to get after it and I think we have the flawless candidate to lead us to where we want to go. That's how we're going to build this thing".
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