Packers Morning Buzz: Could LaFleur brothers reunite in future?
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As we enter Super Bowl weekend, new Packers coach Matt LaFleur is putting the finishing touches on rounding out his staff.
We'll begin with Ryan Wood's in-depth profile of LaFleur and how it’s important to understand where he started. Mount Pleasant, a college town with students accounting for half its 60,000 residents, was his launch pad.
LaFleur is a family man, and it's only natural that at some point he'd like to coach alongside his younger brother Mike, who is the San Francisco 49ers' wide receivers/passing game coordinator.
The 49ers blocked a request to interview Mike for the open offensive coordinator job, but a future reunion can’t be ruled out. The brothers coached on the same staff for two years in Atlanta, where they beat the Packers in the NFC championship game. Two weeks later, they fell on the wrong side of the New England Patriots’ 28-3 comeback in the Super Bowl. “There’s a memory I’ll never forget with my brother,” Mike says, perhaps wishing he could. It isn’t easy, brothers working together in a competitive field, but Mike says they learned a lot in those two years.
“Whether we coach (together) again or not in this league,” he says, “who knows. I feel like we FaceTime so much, I’m with him all the time. For me, I just want him to have success.”
You can read the entire LaFleur profile here:
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Great frozen-tundra photos from our Adam Wesley:
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The Packers Wire runs down which upcoming free agents have ties to LaFleur and could be possible targets for Green Bay:
Peter Bukowski of Acme Packing Co. writes about how LaFleur can help modernize the Packers' running game:
Jeffery Simmons has been projected as a possibility for the Packers with the No. 12 pick in the draft, and Preston Williams played under new Packers receivers coach Alvis Whitted at Colorado State:
And finally ... Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari is fired up for 2019: