GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - It’s been 41 days since Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy introduced Matt LaFleur as the team’s 15th head coach in franchise history.
Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur talks to the media on Feb. 18 inside the Lambeau Field auditorium.
On Monday, LaFleur introduced his 24-member staff to the media. Here are some of WBAY’s biggest takeaways:
RELATIONSHIP WITH AARON RODGERS
One of the biggest topics this offseason has been the connection between LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers. The dialogue now expands to new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy.
“We got three quarterback guys that are going to be hitting him from all angles but I’m going to be doing my part. I know that I’m going to need to be in that room as much as I possibly can because I am going to be the play-caller. I think that relationship between the play-caller and the quarterback is absolutely critical so I will be in there as much as I can. I don’t foresee ever missing a quarterback meeting,” LaFleur said.
LaFleur said it wasn’t a requirement for the new quarterback’s coach to have a connection with Aaron Rodgers but Luke Getsy does has a history with Rodgers. This is Getsy’s second sting in Green Bay. He was the team from 2014-17, first as an offensive quality control coach and then as the wide receivers coach.
LaFleur liked that Getsy played quarterback in college.
YOUTHFUL COACHING STAFF
At 39 years old, Matt LaFleur is the second youngest head coach in the NFL along with Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers), Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona Cardinals). LaFleur’s staff is also quite youthful.
“I think we are going to bring a lot of energy, every day and I think we will be able to connect and reach our players and that’s what I’m most excited about,” LaFleur said.
LaFleur will lead much of the skill player meetings which will include quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and tight ends together.
DECISION TO KEEP DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR MIKE PETTINE
One of the biggest carryovers from Mike McCarthy’s staff was the retention of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The Packers ended the year with the 18th ranked defense in the NFL.
“I just think that continuity going into year two for the defense is going to be critical. I think you’ll see. There’s always a learning curve in year one and I’m excited to see just what the defense can do in year two moving forward,” LaFleur said.
HISTORY WITH HACKETT
LaFleur got to know OC Nathaniel Hackett while doing NFL Combine interviews with players. LaFleur and Hackett would do joint interviews of quarterbacks while at the combine and like what he did during his time with the Jaguars.
“I thought what he did in Jacksonville was really impressive despite what happened this past season. Two years ago they just fell short of the Super Bowl.”
At this point in the offseason LaFleur and his assistants have been going through video from last season and familiarizing themselves with last year’s team while also “coaching the coaches” as LaFleur put it. The NFL Combine starts Feb. 26 in Indianapolis.