GREEN BAY — Perhaps the most storied head coaching job in all of NFL football got filled on Monday, as former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur was named the new coach of the Green Bay Packers.
According to NFL.com reporter, Ian Rappaport, the Packers have agreed to name LaFleur as their franchise’s 16th Head coach since being founded in 1919.
LaFleur, 39, has coached the likes of Matt Ryan in Atlanta as quarterbacks coach (2015-16), wide receivers coach for the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and most recently Marcus Mariota down in Nashville as offensive coordinator.
The older brother of Mike LaFleur, current wife receivers/passing game coach for the San Francisco 49ers, the former Saginaw Valley State quarterback first got into coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2003 with future stops in Central Michigan, Northern Michigan and Ashland from 2004-2008 before breaking into the NFL as a offensive quality control coach for the Houston Texans.
From there, LaFleur would spend three seasons (2010-13) in Washington as quarterbacks coach under Mike Shanahan before leaving for South Bend to coach QB’s under Brian Kelly.
The hiring of LaFleur looks to be a result of the “Sean McVay” effect in hiring young offensive-minded coaches for today’s modern pass-happy NFL. In Green Bay, LaFleur inherits a future Hall-of-Famer in QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davante Adams, TE Jimmy Graham to work with.
Clearly, his hiring is the sign of a new era and direction that the league is now going in.