GREEN BAY (WBAY) - Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur added a little more to the playbook on Wednesday for the 2nd and final practice of minicamp. But he has added more than that to practice. The rookie, 39-year old head coach has already made some cosmetic changes inside 1265 Lombardi Avenue – new lighting, brighter paint, and new pictures on the walls – and those changes extended to the practice field.
The Don Hutson Center now houses a full football field, not two partial fields like before. LaFleur also had music playing during the entire practice on Wednesday. The young coach preaches having fun, and his players sure did, especially the defensive unit, which mugged for fake photos after a terrific interception by Jaire Alexander of Aaron Rodgers in a team period.
“It goes back to my time in Atlanta, just seeing the environment and culture that Dan Quinn instilled in the Falcons and our organization” said LaFleur. “I think you get more out of people when they enjoy what they do. Who doesn't want to have fun when they go to work? "
New Packers safety Adrian Amos agrees. “People may not think it makes a difference, but I think when the music is on and when it's an open door policy, everybody is more relaxed and everybody is more comfortable.”
LaFleur sure looked comfortable on the field, being actively involved in some drills. He shadowed some receivers on their routes and was often in the middle of the drills, rather than behind them. More habit than conscious decision for the young head coach. “I think at the end of the day, you're a football coach,” said LaFleur. “Just my involvement specifically in the quarterback room and with our offense, I can't help but be out there and be into the action; that's what I signed up for. That's what makes it fun, that's why I get excited about going to work every day and working with these great players.”