4. Hiring Matt LaFleur
After deciding to move on from Mike McCarthy prior to the end of the season, the Packers had extra time to decide who they wanted to take the job. They acted quickly following the regular season to bring in Matt LaFleur. It’s a move they absolutely had to get right, but despite LaFleur’s inexperience, there’s reason to be excited about his offense.
LaFleur’s first season as a play-caller last year in Tennessee didn’t go to plan, but a major reason why was that quarterback Marcus Mariota wasn’t 100 percent healthy for much of the year. LaFleur’s history, however, is encouraging. He has been a part of some of the best NFL offenses in recent years (Atlanta in 2016, LA Rams in 2017), and now gets to work with the best quarterback in the league.
LaFleur also made a couple of good moves to bring in Nathaniel Hackett as the offensive coordinator and Luke Getsy as the quarterbacks coach. Hackett will complement LaFleur well, and Getsy has worked with Aaron Rodgers in the past having spent four years in Green Bay between 2014 and 2017. Bringing him back was a smart move by LaFleur.
This is LaFleur’s first head coach job, but Packers fans should be confident he’ll get the offense back to its best quickly.