It’s official: Packers name LaFleur head coach, plan news conference Wednesday

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39-year old Matt LaFleur has accepted the Packers offer to become the 15th head coach in franchise history the team announced Tuesday night.

LaFleur and his family flew aboard a private jet to Green Bay Tuesday and headed straight to Lambeau Field.

“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers,” said president Mark Murphy in a statement. “We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football.  We’re also excited about the person—he is bright with a great work ethic and a perfect fit for Green Bay and the organization.”

“Matt is smart, organized and has a great vision for the path forward for our team,” added Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst. “His values and personality fit the culture of our organization. He has a tremendous ability to build relationships on multiple levels, which is a very important aspect in leading a football team.”

He comes from the hot coaching tree right now in the league, having worked under Rams head coach Sean McVay and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Last season he called plays for the first time for the 9-win Titans. He didn’t call plays for the Rams — which is why he went to Tennessee. He worked under Shanahan in Atlanta, serving as Matt Ryan’s quarterbacks coach in 2016 when Ryan won NFL MVP honors, and the Falcons whipped the Packers in the NFC Title game to reach the Super Bowl.

The Packers interviewed LaFleur Sunday after five days of coaching interviews that reportedly included interim Packers coach Joe Philbin, the New England Patriots’ offensive and defensive coordinators, and the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and their offensive coordinator.

The Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy in December after an unexpected loss to the Arizona Cardinals, who finished the season with the worst record in the NFL. The Packers missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

The Packers did not release terms on the contract. NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero reports that the Packers and LaFleur have agreed to a four-year contract with a fifth-year option.

The new head coach will be formally introduced at a news conference Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Lambeau Field with Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Alexis Geffin

Alexis Geffin

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