Has the world forgotten how good Matt LaFleur is?
Here's a reminder: LaFleur's Green Bay Packers have gone 47-19 in his four seasons with the team. In the process, LaFleur has set several records.
No head coach in NFL history has more wins than LaFleur's 39 in their first three years. He led the Packers to three straight 13-win seasons, the first team in history to achieve this.
LaFleur never lost consecutive regular-season games between 2019 and 2021.
Many have dismissed LaFleur's accomplishments because he 'had Aaron Rodgers.' As if it's that easy. Mike McCarthy had an excellent career in Green Bay. During his 11 seasons with Rodgers as his starting quarterback, McCarthy's Packers won 13 games only once.
LaFleur inherited a team that had gone 13-18-1 in the previous two years and turned them into one of the best in the NFC, going 39-10 in his first three seasons. Rodgers won back-to-back MVPs in LaFleur's offense.
The Packers struggled last season but they showed fight, which is a credit to LaFleur. Many teams would've given up after an awful 4-8 start. But LaFleur rallied his team to finish 4-1 in the final five games.
Yet, the Packers' head coach to continues to be disrespected.
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Ross Tucker of The 33rd Team ranked every head coach in the NFL, and he had LaFleur all the way down at No. 17.
Seventeen? For a head coach that has made a record-breaking start to his NFL career?
Andy Reid, Bill Belichick, and Mike Tomlin deservedly make up the top three spots. But some of the names ahead of LaFleur are laughable.
Brian Daboll? He is eighth in the rankings, with his New York Giants going 9-7-1 and finishing third in the NFC East in his first year as a head coach. Dan Campbell? His career win-loss record is 17-28-1. His Detroit Lions team showed promise down the stretch last year, but is that enough to rank ahead of LaFleur?
Kevin O'Connell led the Minnesota Vikings to a 13-4 record in his first season as a head coach. Try winning 13 games three years in a row. Mike McDaniel has one year of head-coaching experience, leading the Miami Dolphins to a 9-8 record.
LaFleur's achievements continue to get overlooked because Rodgers was his quarterback. He should be far higher in the rankings.