Packers' brass admires Matt LaFleur's desire to seek challenge

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Given all that has been made about Rodgers and how hard he can be to coach, it's no wonder that Wednesday's introductory press conference with LaFleur was dominated by questions about how he will make it work with Rodgers.

"When I tell you I was speechless, I was speechless", said LaFleur.

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.

"What was cool about it was for about the next 10 throws, he was ripping the ball", LaFleur said.

After nine interviews with those candidates, the Packers felt there were strong candidates but no one stood out. We needed a good offensive one.

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"Matt was our last candidate, and we'd heard great things about Matt through our vetting process". "[That] is going to really help us win".

The Packers are certainly one of the most prestigious organizations in the National Football League and in professional sports in general, but they have fallen on some hard times over the last two years.

The Green Bay Packers claimed that Aaron Rodgers would have no input in the search for a new coach, but that doesn't appear to have been the case.

LaFleur comes to Green Bay from Tennessee, where he was offensive coordinator this past season on Titans head coach Mike Vrabel's inaugural staff. He'd be flying all over the country talking to everybody.

"It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster and you look at the success they're having there this year, it certainly could have been easy to stay there", LaFleur said, referring to the Rams, who'll face the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional playoffs on Saturday night. "I took the risk because I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach". LaFleur is 39 years old, just four years older than Rodgers, so there are questions about how he'll be able to manage Rodgers and the type of relationship they will have. Although he threw only two interceptions in 16 games, he also threw only 25 touchdown passes, the lowest full-season total of his career.

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Fans of the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, Jan. 9, many said they're optimistic about the team's future after Green Bay's new head coach was introduced in Titletown.

LaFleur, who has worked in the National Football League since 2008, also served as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons.

Rodgers has said in the past that he prefers his quarterback coaches to be guys who have actually played the position. You're either going to get better or you're going to get worse. And I think that holds true for me as well. "There's a lot of work to be done in front of us, but just looking forward to that opportunity".

LaFleur had been the most prepared candidate and impressed the Packers brass with his vision and quiet confidence.

In all, Green Bay's offense will become more creative and, yes, a little more complicated - both to Rodgers' benefit.

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