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Packers officially announce LaFleur is the new head coach

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Andrew Wong | 13 January, 2019, 09:12

Matt LaFleur is the 15th head coach in Green Bay Packers history.

According to team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst, LaFleur was by far the best of the other nine candidates who interviewed for the job after longtime head coach Mike McCarthy was sacked on December 2, with four games remaining in his 13th season in charge.

"That's kind of how I had an idea that maybe I was in the running for it".

"The conversation went great", he continued.

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"I think he has a good chance at being an outstanding coach". So I think we're in alignment there because, like I said before, this game is about winning.

"Quite honestly, the way our team's structured, we [need] somebody who's going to be able to work with Aaron and help him play the very best he can play", Packers president Mark Murphy said. LaFleur not only will coordinate the offense in Green Bay but also will call plays. "I have had the opportunity to be here a few other times". He was hired after one year as offensive coordinator of San Francisco.

He will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday in Green Bay.

Murphy and Gutekunst said the Titans' low-scoring offense didn't concern them in the hiring process because LaFleur's Tennessee offense suffered several key injuries to quarterback Marcus Mariota, and starting tight ends Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith. LaFleur began his coaching career in 2003 as an offensive assistant at Saginaw Valley State, the school he played quarterback for and guided to three straight NCAA Division II playoff appearances. He brings a wealth of offensive experience, having worked and developed under Mike Shanahan, Gary Kubiak, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay. When you're making adjustments when the defense is out there.

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LaFleur comes to the Packers after one season as the play-calling offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, a job he took a year ago because he knew he needed to "challenge myself".

LaFleur says he will get started right away making staff decisions.

"First thing that Matt said was I'm speechless, I knew then that this was genuine excitement", Murphy said.

He was in the auto with his wife, BreAnne, who was driving around the Nashville area as the couple was on the way to pick up their two sons, Luke and Ty, from school.

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Klopp, whose team are also out of the League Cup, conceded however that he does prefer to have the opportunity to train more with single game weeks.

With a sterling reputation and a great history with QBs, the Packers on first glance have knocked it out of the park with their fifteenth head coach.

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