GREEN BAY (WKOW) — The Packers are introducing Matt LaFleur as the 15th head coach in team history.
“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.”
LaFleur arrived with his family at Lambeau Field on Tuesday night.
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) January 9, 2019
LaFleur spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.
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.
*UPDATE* — New Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur has been signed to a four-year contract with a fifth-year option, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Done deal: The #Packers and Matt LaFleur agreed to a four-year contract with a fifth-year option, source said. Strong numbers for a first-time coach. They got their guy.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 8, 2019
Pelissero tweeted the news Tuesday morning, which was later retweeted by Ian Rapoport, who also works at NFLN.
LaFleur served as the Titans’ offensive coordinator in 2018, his first year as an offensive playcaller.
Now, after working with Rams’ QB Jared Goff, Falcons QB Matt Ryan, and Titans QB Marcus Mariota in spots (Mariota battled injuries all season long), LaFleur embarks on what many figure to be a promising journey with Aaron Rodgers, an all-time great at the position, at the helm of his new team.
LaFleur will be formally introduced in Green Bay Wednesday, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
New Packers coach Matt LaFleur will travel to Green Bay later today and is expected to be formally introduced tomorrow at Lambeau Field. https://t.co/oIbOnUlosk
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 8, 2019
GREEN BAY (WAOW) — It appears the Packers have found their new head man.
According to reports from both NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers will hire Matt LaFleur, Titans offensive coordinator, as head coach.
The search for the Green Bay Packers’ 15th head coach in franchise history started early this season after the team fired Mike McCarthy in Week 13 following the loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
LaFleur spent the 2017 season as Sean McVay’s offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams. Before that, he was the quarterbacks coach in Atlanta in 2015 and 2016 under Kyle Shannahan.
In LaFleur, the Packers get their young, offensive-minded coach. He’s a hire that many hope will gel with Aaron Rodgers in the same way McVay has gelled with Jared Goff in L.A.
There are also many reports suggesting LaFleur was interested in keeping defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, which may have given him the edge for the job.
Pettine’s defense never really got the chance to show it’s full potential in a season wracked with injuries.
No official word has come from the Packers about the hire.
This is a developing story. Stay with WAOW for updates.