According to team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst, LaFleur was by far the best of the other nine candidates who interviewed for the job after longtime head coach Mike McCarthy was sacked on December 2, with four games remaining in his 13th season in charge. "We went from Green Bay to New England to Memphis. That's how we're going to build this thing". Murphy said that none of the first nine candidates really stood out.
"It was a risk for him to leave L.A. and go to Tennessee", Murphy said. But Murphy was cautious, fearing they were excited because he was their last candidate, so they agreed to sleep on it, and they came back Monday still feeling he was the best.
LaFleur became the 15th head coach for the Packers' franchise, after being interviewed on Sunday. To LaFleur, that means trying to "stay one step ahead of the game because if you stay stagnant and you don't evolve, I think people catch up to you". "We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football".
LaFleur confirmed he will be Green Bay's play-caller, and said that he is excited to work with Rodgers.
But LaFleur is very much the real deal as far as Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and General Manager Brian Gutekunst are concerned. "His values and personality fit the culture of our organization". When it comes to coaching a veteran like Rodgers, LaFleur says he will lean on his experience coaching Matt Ryan in 2016, who was an eight-year veteran at the time.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Packers "moved quickly on LaFleur" rather than take the time for a second round of interviews.
At the same time, LaFleur will have to coach the entire 53-man team, not just the quarterback.
One version of it is being run by Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers, another by McVay with the Rams and now by LaFleur in Green Bay.
Murphy and Gutekunst said the Titans' low-scoring offense didn't concern them in the hiring process because LaFleur's Tennessee offense suffered several key injuries to quarterback Marcus Mariota, and starting tight ends Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith.
LaFleur, who has worked in the National Football League since 2008, also served as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons.
Ryan's quarterbacks coach that year?
Incumbent defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, 52, had an up-and-down first season in Green Bay, but there was promise.
LaFleur will take over playcalling duties from former coach Mike McCarthy, who called the plays every season in Green Bay between 2006 and 2018.