Matt LaFleur's Success in Green Bay Ultimately Tied to Aaron Rodgers

Packers Hire Titans OC Matt LaFleur as Head Coach

The Tennessee Titans had planned to move forward with Matt LaFleur at offensive coordinator heading into the 2019 season, but the coach mad either plans as he accepted the head coaching position with the Green Bay Packers.

LaFleur and his family flew aboard a private jet to Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday and headed straight to Lambeau Field.

Another concern raised by fans Wednesday is how the coach will build a strong relationship with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

John Buhler has put together his rankings of the top 15 greatest pass rushers in franchise history. Tennessee didn't make the playoffs this past year, but LaFleur kept them in the hunt despite significant injuries, including to QB Marcus Mariota.

When Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy dialed Matt LaFleur's cellphone Monday afternoon to offer him the job as Packers head coach, Murphy thought he lost the connection a few seconds after breaking the news to the former Titans offensive coordinator.

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It'll be up to LaFleur to get Rodgers back to the MVP form he showed in winning the award in 2011 and 2014, and in rallying the Packers from a 4-6 start in 2016 to a berth in the NFC championship game that year.

"I needed to challenge myself", LaFleur said. Murphy said the council talked about a sense of complacency that had settled in among certain players this past season.

He won over the team's brass, but now it's vital that he wins over his men.

"The foundation, it goes back to Mike Shanahan", LaFleur said.

LaFleur has worked every kind of QB in his eight years as an National Football League position coach or coordinator.

Rodgers has said in the past that he prefers his quarterback coaches to be guys who have actually played the position. The setup will provide some continuity, with the head coach calling plays and a defensive coordinator handling everything on defense. You're either going to get better or you're going to get worse. "It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster, you look at the success they're having this year. I think I probably learned as much from him as he learned from me". The Titans finished last season ranked 27th in scoring offense.

Introductory press conferences are always a celebration and this one signaled a stark contrast in the mood around Green Bay in recent months. 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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