Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

New coach Matt LaFleur confirms he'll call plays for Packers offense

New coach Matt LaFleur confirms he'll call plays for Packers offense

The Packers made the first head coaching hire of the 2019 National Football League offseason with Matt LaFleur.

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur says he is "blessed and fortunate" to have taken charge at Lambeau Field.

LaFleur said his goodbyes at Saint Thomas Sports Park earlier in the day.

"The conversation went great", LaFleur said. "I'm going to need guys in those spots so I can attend to whatever it is we're doing on offense".

"We're ready to get after it and I think we have the ideal candidate to lead us to where we want to go".

"For me, I try to make this as simple as possible - we wanted someone who could win, and that's what we found in Matt", Gutekunst said. 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.

"Man, these fans are insane", LaFleur said with a smile at Wednesday's news conference.

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

The well-traveled coach, most recently the offensive coordinator with the Titans, inherits a future Hall of Fame QB in Aaron Rodgers (who at age 35 is just four years younger than him). "And the other thing that, and Brian can speak to this as well, he was there, [the players] talked a little bit about how they felt a complacency had set in among some players and coaches".

Murphy and Gutekunst said the Titans' low-scoring offense didn't concern them in the hiring process because LaFleur's Tennessee offense suffered several key injuries to quarterback Marcus Mariota, and starting tight ends Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith. When you're making adjustments when the defense is out there. He has a great history with QBs including Matt Ryan's MVP season and Jared Goff. Again, it comes down to developing that relationship, that trust, especially with the quarterback. In 2007, Ashland got that ball rolling, giving LaFleur the first offensive coordinator position of his career. Murphy couldn't stop smiling, and jumped in several times to tell stories about LaFleur.

He was in the vehicle with his wife, BreAnne, who was driving around the Nashville area as the couple was on the way to pick up their two sons, Luke and Ty, from school.

The Tennessee Titans may have retained the majority of their coaching staff, but one of those names has decided against taking them up on the offer.

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