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Packers officially announce LaFleur is the new head coach

11 January, 2019, 03:54 | Author: Candice Daniels
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"I needed to challenge myself", LaFleur said of his decision to leave for Tennesee. When you're dealing with a quarterback, it is a partnership.

Given all that has been made about Rodgers and how hard he can be to coach, it's no wonder that Wednesday's introductory press conference with LaFleur was dominated by questions about how he will make it work with Rodgers.

"I think we've got the ideal candidate to lead us to where we want to go", Gutekunst said. I think we have a great respect to one another.

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As McVay's right-hand man with the high-flying Rams offense, LaFleur left previous year to join Mike Vrabel's new coaching staff with the Titans to become a full-time play-caller. He choked up in just his fourth sentence after being introduced as the Packers head coach.

It's also an offense Rodgers spoke admiringly of during the season. When Nagy was hired last January, he was the same age as LeFleur and had only a few games of play-calling experience. Murphy said the council talked about a sense of complacency that had settled in among certain players this past season. He made no commitments or announcements Wednesday, only saying he was planning to meet with some members of the 2018 staff, including defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, very soon. "But he did it because he knew it would help him become a head coach, to take on the playcalling responsibilities". Last season he called plays for the first time for the 9-win Titans. You look at the roster, you look at the success they're having this year. He'd be flying all over the country talking to everybody. That's when Gutekunst told the franchise quarterback to go ahead and reach out to LaFleur. "We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football".

One version of it is being run by Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers, another by McVay with the Rams and now by LaFleur in Green Bay. He was key in developing a young Kirk Cousins with the Shanahans in Washington, then a young Jared Goff with Sean McVay in Los Angeles. To LaFleur, that means trying to "stay one step ahead of the game because if you stay stagnant and you don't evolve, I think people catch up to you". Rodgers had the authority to change plays and often did so, to the frustration of McCarthy, who struggled at times to get into a rhythm. When you're making adjustments when the defense is out there. "I'm going to need guys in those spots so I can attend to whatever it is we're doing on offense". "We were going to stop in New Orleans, Nashville, Indianapolis".

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