Packers Morning Buzz: Matt LaFleur looks for 'natural throwers' when evaluating QBs

Stu Courtney
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

We'll start with Packers coach Matt LaFleur being part of a roundtable discussion with ESPN's John Keim that also included Rams coach Sean McVay and the 49ers' Kyle Shanahan. LaFleur offered some interesting insights in response to Keim's questions.

On what LaFleur considers the most important aspect of the coach/quarterback relationship:

Communication. What do you like? What do you feel comfortable with and what don't you like? This is the toughest position in sports so the guy better be comfortable pulling the trigger. If you're not comfortable, you won't be confident, and if you're not confident, the play will die.

On what LaFleur looks for when evaluating a young quarterback prospect:

I look for natural throwers, just smooth, fluid deliveries. The greatest throwers of all time all do it in their own way. There's a natural throwing ability among most of the greatest ever to play the position -- the [Tom] Bradys, the Rodgerses. That's one thing when I start evaluating college quarterbacks coming out, I look and see if they have a natural throwing motion. If they don't, I lose interest pretty quickly.

On the people he turns to for advice or to use as a sounding board:

I still use the guys I'm closest with -- Sean and Kyle, Zac Taylor. I'm always talking to guys on my staff, Nathaniel Hackett and Mike Pettine, who sat in this seat. But there's really no former coach. I will say it was great this summer because I worked a camp in California and I ran into Mike Shanahan and I was peppering him with questions all night long.

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