The Packers search for a new head coach is over. Looking to update a stagnant offense Green Bay has seen fit to hire Titans offensive coordinator Matt Lafleur. Lafleur reportedly edged out fellow front runner Todd Monken, Tampa OC.
Lafleur’s style of offense has generally centered around two TE sets. What the Packers have seen however, is a coach with the ability to adapt his offense when top TE talent goes down. A Lafleur-style offense utilizes the best 11 guys on the offensive side of the ball, although ideally two of which are at the TE position. Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith couldn’t stay healthy in Tennessee and Lafleur was still able to put a productive product on the feild.
If you look back, Lafleur has quite the “under the radar” resumé. In Washington he was the quarterback coach that helped RGIII get rookie of the year honors. Also while in Washington he assisted Kirk Cousins in convincing the rest of the league that he should be one of the highest paid QBs. While in Atlanta he helped Matt Ryan win an MVP award and took the Falcons to the superbowl as quarterback coach. A stint with the Rams as offensive coordinator saw Lafleur turn Jared Goff’s career around. Lastly Lafleur was able to make lemonade out of dirt with a below average and oft injured offense in Tennessee.
The Packers liked what they saw and felt the need to jump on Lafleur quickly. On the surface this hire doesn’t look like much, but when you dig into Lafleur’s past it could be the answer for Green Bay. One question looms, however, how will Lafleur and QB Aaron Rodgers get along?