Packers: Matt LaFleur should be in Coach of the Year running

Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur - Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur - Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur should be in the running for the Coach of the Year award.

This time of year, conversations among fans include the race for the NFL MVP, the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, and also who should be voted the Coach of the Year.

However, one name not being mentioned enough in the Coach of the Year conversation is Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur.

So, let’s change that.

LaFleur has made Packers an NFC force

LaFleur and the Packers weren’t given much respect last season despite reaching the NFC Championship Game and winning 13 games in the regular season.

Many preseason power rankings didn’t feature the Packers inside the top 10, while various predictions had them not winning the NFC North or even making the playoffs in some cases.

Yet all LaFleur does is keep winning. He has the Packers at 9-3. They could be NFC North champions as early as this week. The NFC’s top seed is still very much within reach.

LaFleur’s offense ranks No. 1 in the NFL for points per game with an impressive 31.6 points average. Aaron Rodgers is having one of his all-time great seasons, is an MVP frontrunner, and on course to set a new career-record for touchdown passes.

According to Zach Kruse of Packers Wire, LaFleur already has more wins than any other Packers coach in their first two seasons. He’s broken the record with four games still to play in his second season.

LaFleur’s record is 22-6 in his first 28 regular season games. It’s simply incredible.

But because he has Aaron Rodgers, many won’t give him the credit he deserves. Despite all of the factors we’ve mentioned such as Rodgers putting together one of his best seasons. Considering where this offense was between 2015 and 2018, what LaFleur has done is incredible.

LaFleur’s play-calling, his leadership, and the relationship he’s built with his players has led to the Packers winning a lot of games and becoming strong Super Bowl contenders.

Yet LaFleur still isn’t considered a frontrunner for the Coach of the Year award.

It’s time for that to change.