The Green Bay Packers are hiring Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to be their next head coach, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the two sides are “working on finalizing a deal.” He added that LaFleur’s hiring is “expected to help keep Mike Pettine and the defensive staff intact.”
Rapoport added that “Pettine, still under contract, was on new coach Matt LaFleur’s list when he presented during his interview, source said. The early expectation is that Pettine stays in Green Bay, though Lafleur will make a firm call when it’s official.”
He also noted that Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken “was the other really strong candidate here. Rather than do second rounds, they moved quickly on LaFleur.” As for the potential domino effect of the move, Rapoport reported that the Packers were the only “known” interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels took this offseason, which “likely means Josh is back in New England for another year.”
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LaFleur, 39, started his NFL coaching career with the Houston Texans as a quality control coach (2008-09) before spending four seasons as Washington’s quarterbacks coach (2010-13). He then returned to college for one season as Notre Dame’s quarterbacks coach in 2014 before spending time as the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons (2015-16), working with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. In Green Bay, LaFleur inherits one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL and better playmakers in the passing game, led by Davante Adams. Building a stronger run game—the Packers were 22nd in run offense in 2018—will be one of the keys for LaFleur, as will be developing a strong rapport with Rodgers.
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