Packers Officially Announce LaFleur as 15th Head Coach

Paul Heling

Paul is an accomplished blogger for Midwest Communications. He covers the Packers from his base in Green Bay.
Paul Heling

After a 29 hour period of ‘reports from sources’ flooding social media, the Green Bay Packers made it official around 9:00 pm on Tuesday.

The Packers named Matt LaFleur the team’s 15th head coach as announced by team President and CEO Mark Murphy.

“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.  We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football. We’re also excited about the person, he is bright with a great work ethic and a perfect fit for Green Bay and the organization.” 

Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy

Experience

LaFleur, 39, will be entering his 11th year coaching in the NFL and his 18th overall in coaching. He brings a wealth of offensive experience, having worked and developed under Mike Shanahan, Gary Kubiak, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay. LaFleur served as an offensive coordinator for both of the past two seasons (Tennessee Titans, 2018; Los Angeles Rams, 2017) and a quarterbacks coach for the previous seven years (Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16; Notre Dame, 2014; Washington Redskins, 2010-13).

Results

In 2018 with the Titans, LaFleur led an offense that finished No. 7 in the NFL in rushing (126.4 yards per game) and helped QB Marcus Mariota set the franchise single-season record for completion percentage (68.9 percent). In 2017, LaFleur was part of a Rams team that improved its win total by seven games (from 4-12 in 2016 to 11-5 in 2017). The 2017 Rams were the first team in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to go from last to first in the NFL in scoring in one season, more than doubling their scoring average from 14.0 points per game in 2016 to 29.9 points per game in 2017. Rams QB Jared Goff improved his quarterback rating from 63.6 in 2016 to 100.5 in 2017 to rank No. 5 in the NFL. LaFleur was part of an offensive staff that saw RB Todd Gurley named The Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year after leading the NFL with 2,093 scrimmage yards.

“Matt is smart, organized and has a great vision for the path forward for our team.  His values and personality fit the culture of our organization. He has a tremendous ability to build relationships on multiple levels, which is a very important aspect in leading a football team.” 


~ Packers GM Brian Gutekunst

Pre-NFL

Before coaching in the NFL, the Mount Pleasant, Mich., native coached in the college ranks for six seasons. LaFleur began his coaching career in 2003 as an offensive assistant at Saginaw Valley State, the school he played quarterback for and guided to three straight NCAA Division II playoff appearances. He went on to be a graduate assistant at Central Michigan in 2004-05, quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at Northern Michigan in 2006 and offensive coordinator at Ashland University in 2007-08.

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