Packers, LaFleur agree to four-year deal

Packers, LaFleur agree to four-year deal

As LaFleur's new starting quarterback might say, those skeptics should R-E-L-A-X.

"I'll never forget the first time I corrected him on the field", LaFleur recalled.

The last of 10 candidates interviewed - the final seven over a whirlwind three-day, multi-city excursion last weekend - LaFleur impressed the Packers' brass with his preparedness, enthusiasm and vision. I think we have a great respect to one another.

Murphy, Gutekunst and executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball then emerged from LaFleur's interview Sunday in Nashville even more excited - and agreeing that they had their man, despite having planned to host a second round of interviews.

The Packers announced the hire on Tuesday night.

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

LaFleur comes to the Packers after one season as the play-calling offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, a job he took a year ago because he knew he needed to "challenge myself". Before that, he was offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, helping direct a high-powered offense with coach Sean McVay calling plays. He'd be flying all over the country talking to everybody.

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LaFleur takes over for Mike McCarthy, who was sacked during the season following a stunning home loss to Arizona on December 2. Each of these players are on teams remaining in the playoffs.

"I took the risk because I knew that I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach". General manager Brian Gutekunst said once they zeroed in on LaFleur, they had Rodgers reach out to him. Although he threw only two interceptions in 16 games, he also threw only 25 touchdown passes, the lowest full-season total of his career.

Green Bay went just 6-9-1 and missed the playoffs this season, marking the first time since 2006 that the Packers have failed to qualify for the postseason in back-to-back campaigns.

"After two long years, we are ready to get back to winning", Murphy said introducing LaFleur.

And LaFleur can only hope it goes as well as it did with another MVP quarterback he coached. "It is more or less about looking at the ten other guys in the huddle and knowing you are going to get the job done". "I can't think of a greater place to be a head coach in this league, and really all of sports". And the Packers are convinced he can both lead the team and reinvigorate Rodgers. "If we continue to move forward on a day-to-day basis, I think we're going to win a lot of games here".

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

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