Rams' Sean McVay on Packers' Matt LaFleur: 'He's a great football coach'
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers have settled on their newest head coach, with confirmation coming Tuesday that Matt LaFleur has agreed to a four-year deal to lead the Packers into the next decade.
There is also a fifth-year option which, if exercised, would expire along with Aaron Rodgers’ contract after 2023.
The club formally announced LaFleur's hiring late Tuesday night after he flew to Green Bay from Nashville, Tennessee. LaFleur had spent 2018 as the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator.
He will meet the media at Lambeau Field at 3 p.m. Wednesday along with team president/CEO Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst.
“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers,” Murphy said in a statement. “We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football. We’re also excited about the person—he is bright with a great work ethic and a perfect fit for Green Bay and the organization.”
Added Gutekunst: “Matt is smart, organized and has a great vision for the path forward for our team. His values and personality fit the culture of our organization. He has a tremendous ability to build relationships on multiple levels, which is a very important aspect in leading a football team.”
In Los Angeles, as the Rams are preparing to host the Dallas Cowboys this weekend in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs, Rams head coach Sean McVay was asked about LaFleur. In 2017 LaFleur served as McVay’s offensive coordinator when the Rams had the No. 1 scoring offense and the No. 10 total offense in football.
The pair coached together in Washington as well.
“That’s awesome,” McVay said in his news conference, which hosted at therams.com. “I talked to Matt when he was going in to interview and Matt is obviously, he is one of my closest friends. So, to see that for him, you couldn't be more excited. He's a great football coach. Got a great understanding from offensive football. Really a very – he's just such a great guy where (he) cares about people, he's going to be honest with his communication. And then he's going to be invested in working really hard to trying to help put guys in good spots.
“But when you see those types of things you can't do anything but just be really happy for a close friend. I love his family. His wife Brie, his two boys Ty and Luke. So it’s an exciting thing for the Packers and for Matt for sure.”
While LaFleur is the only hire made to date off McVay’s recent staff, quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor interviewed for head jobs in Cincinnati, Denver and Arizona. Passing game coordinator Shane Waldron also interviewed for the head-coaching job in Cincinnati.
“This is a reflection I think more than anything of the culture that’s created by the people that are here, and that’s coaches, players, our staff,” McVay said. “And I think that’s what’s flattering about it. I think it would be naive to think that any of this is about one person. That certainly isn’t the case at all. I think if the last few years have taught me anything being in this role it’s about you better surrounding yourself with people that are better than you so that you can learn every day and not feel like you have to have the answers to things that you don’t just based on your experiences.”
As LaFleur was in the process of finalizing his deal, he reached out to coaches under contract with the Packers and those around the league to begin building his staff --- including potential offensive coordinator candidates, PackersNews confirmed.
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One of the Packers' offensive coaches with an offer to stay is tight ends coach Brian Angelichio, a source said. He served with Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland and knows LaFleur and his offense. The Packers think highly of him.
LaFleur is also interviewing current Packers defensive coaches, a league source familiar with LaFleur said.
Meanwhile, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told New England reporters that he appreciated the opportunity to meet with the Packers and that "the book is closed" on any other interviews for a head-coaching position.