GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - As the Packers' 15th head coach, Matt LaFleur will guide Green Bay into is second century of football, and he sits on the cutting edge of play calling.
The 39-year-old will call the plays for the Green Bay Packers in his first season as an NFL head coach.
This is not surprising. His offense-mindedness is one of the reasons he has the job and others don't.
But that will not be his only job. As he was introduced by the Packers organization leadership, Coach LaFleur talked about his vision for his defense and his special teams, as well.
He knows what the end results need to look like.
"After two long years here in Green Bay, we are ready to get back to winning," Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy told reporters.
LaFleur comes from the Mike Shanahan and Sean McVay coaching tree. Those two have been ultimate play callers, and Murphy believes LaFleur is next in line to assert his creativity to leave a mark on the game.
LaFleur, the last coaching candidate who was interviewed, won the interview. Murphy said none of the first eight candidates stood out.
General manager Brian Gutekunst said, "We tried to make this as simple as possible. We wanted someone who could win. That is what we found in Matt."
Now LaFleur will be judged on how he wins on the field, coming from his high-flying roots with Shanahan and McVay.
"This is a results-oriented business, and I think just being a part of that offense, it is sound, quality football, and we have been able to get the most out of our players," LaFleur said.
He said he wants a team made of high-quality individuals and help players become "the best version of theirselves."
"My philosophy is really to lead, teach and inspire," he continued. " We are going to be process driven, and we are going to be process driven to our pursuit of bringing a Lombardi Trophy to Green Bay."
While LaFleur had success with his mentors, he flew the nest to call his own plays in Tennessee last season. While the Titans didn't make the playoffs and their stats weren't great, he says that helped round out his experience to make him the coach he is today.
That move impressed the Packers leadership. "You know, I think the other thing that was key in our minds was that it was a risk for him to leave L.A. and go to Tennessee. But he did it because it he knew it would help him become a head coach, to take on the play calling responsibility," Murphy said.
"I needed to challenge myself. It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster, in the success they are having there this year. It certainly would have been easy to stay there. I took the risk because I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach. The lessons I learned this year, I learned that football is not always easy, you'd better navigate through some adversity, and I was proud of that," LaFleur said.
Despite the adversity, LaFleur's Titans finished 9-7 this season with a combination of Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. That's three more wins than the Packers mustered.