Packers HC Matt LaFleur credits experience with Titans for new opportunity

Here's how Matt La Fleur could look as the Packers head coach

"It's always been a dream of mine to be an National Football League head coach, but to be the head coach of the Green Bay, it is surreal", LaFleur said. By hiring a young, offensive-minded hot shot, they are following the league's hottest recent trend.

Even though the season didn't end the way LaFleur and the Titans had hoped for it to, the former OC remains grateful for the experience.

The team will formally introduce him as the new head coach in a news release at 3 p.m. Wednesday. There were plenty of other strong candidates vying for the opportunity to work with an all-time great QB in the back half of his career, but Green Bay was smart to pass on all of them and go with LaFleur.

There will come a time when Matt LaFleur will have to correct something Aaron Rodgers does.

Building a relationship with Rodgers and the entire roster is as necessary as it is daunting for a first-time head coach, but LaFleur already has shown how much he's willing to push any perceived boundaries. He joined Mike and Kyle Shanahan with the Washington Redskins, then worked in Atlanta under Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan and McVay run offenses that have been praised for being innovative. While with the Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan earned NFL MVP honors.

Throughout his career, LaFleur has been in constant adjustment mode with his concepts while syncing with other fresh, organized thinkers in positions above him. But he believes the hardships he faced transformed him into a better coach.

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The latter will be important in Green Bay, because there will be a dedication to the running game to give the offense balance. The Rams ranked No. 7 in 2017.

It is 39-year-old's first head coach job, having just completed his first season as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans under first-year head coach Mike Vrabel. Henry as the Titans' feature back helped the offense become more explosive and finish drives more successfully. And the Packers are convinced he can both lead the team and reinvigorate Rodgers.

Another reason the Packers hired LaFleur: He does not plan to mess with the defense. That allowed the Titans to win several close, relatively low-scoring games.

The Packers announced the hire on Tuesday night.

It's good that LaFleur and Rodgers have already started talking, because the new head coach's success or failure depends in Green Bay will be measured by one question: Can he get the most out of Rodgers's last few seasons?

"There is no greater man than Joe Philbin", Murphy said during the introduction, thanking the interim head coach who helmed the Packers to a 2-2 record following Mike McCarthy's firing.

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