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Packers hire LaFleur as head coach

10 January 2019

"I am so grateful for (the Titans) giving me the opportunity to be a play caller in this league", he said.

Now, his job is to get Rodgers back to playing like a two-time MVP and former Super Bowl champion.

Wednesday, the 39-year-old coach will get his introduction to Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers media corps. That's when Gutekunst told the franchise quarterback to go ahead and reach out to LaFleur. "I wanted Nick Saban". And I think that holds true for me as well.

"I think we're both on the same page". Murphy got emotional when he singled out one candidate, interim head coach Joe Philbin, but none of the options had that the right feeling the Green Brass were searching for.

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"We don't go through this all the time like the Bears do". Murphy said none of the first eight candidates stood out. "There were a lot of strong candidates, but there wasn't one that just jumped out at us".

LaFleur comes to Green Bay from Tennessee, where he was offensive coordinator this past season on Titans head coach Mike Vrabel's inaugural staff.

LaFleur coached Rams quarterback Jared Goff in his sophomore season (2017) where he took a huge step in his development, and Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III in his rookie season (2012), when he was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. "We're also excited about the person - he is bright with a great work ethic and a ideal fit for Green Bay and the organisation".

See video as it happened of the news conference above. When you're making adjustments when the defense is out there. It's been very educational for me every time I've gone through it and I've appreciated every single one of them. "I'm going to need guys in those spots so I can attend to whatever it is we're doing on offense". So I'm going to draw back on that experience.

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The key to it all will be the relationship between the quarterback and playcaller. "And I'll be here moving forward".

"He made me feel like he could coach our whole team, that he could drive our team to where it needed to be", Gutekunst said.

That still didn't stop him from getting caught "speechless" upon later that day receiving the official job offer from Murphy. Murphy said the council talked about a sense of complacency that had settled in among certain players this past season. When he mentioned them by name, Luke and Ty, the youngest, Ty, immediately burst into silent tears.

LaFleur said his year in Tennessee was a necessary learning experience that got him out of his comfort zone and allowed him to grow as a coach, opening up the opportunity to be the coach and playcaller in Green Bay. "She was at the wheel".

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Packers "moved quickly on LaFleur" rather than take the time for a second round of interviews.

Packers hire LaFleur as head coach