Packers GM Brian Gutekunst comments on hiring of Matt LaFleur
The Green Bay Packers have just ushered in a new era in the storied franchise’s history, following the hiring of Matt LaFleur as the team’s head coach. The hire is the first big move of Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst since Green Bay saw its 2018 NFL season end in Week 17, and he does seem very happy with LaFleur, per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Gutekunst on LaFleur: Matt is smart, organized and has a great vision for our team. His values and personality fit the culture of our organization. He has a tremendous ability to build relationships on multiple levels, a very important aspect in leading a football team.”
Prior to his arrival in Green Bay, LaFleur spent one year with the Tennessee Titans as their offensive coordinator. Under LaFleur, the Titans went run heavy, as they finished the regular season second in the NFL with a 48.4 rush-play percentage clip and seventh with 126.7 rushing yards per contest.
With different talents and a future Hall of Famer quarterback in Aaron Rodgers now under his command, LaFleur is going to call more pass plays than he used to in Tennessee.
The Michigan native, however, isn’t stranger when it comes to running a balanced offensive attack. Back when he was still the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, he managed an attack that ranked eighth in the NFL in rushing yards and 10th in passing yards per game.
With LaFleur in tow, the Packers will look to rebound from a 6-9-1 campaign and sneak into the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season.