Report: Mid-Michigan native Matt LaFleur to be introduced as new Packers coach

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - (1/8/2019) - Matt LaFleur has accepted the Green Bay Packers offer to become the 15th head coach in franchise history, according to the Associated Press Monday night.

Earlier Monday evening, several reports said the team was finalizing a deal with the 39-year-old Titans offensive coordinator.

LaFleur is a Mount Pleasant native and graduate of Saginaw Valley State University. He played quarterback for SVSU in the early 2000s.

Cover 2 contributor Rob Demovsky of ESPN says the Packers and LaFleur are still finalizing a deal. Demovsky reports that LaFleur will travel to Green Bay on Tuesday and be formally introduced Wednesday at Lambeau Field.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Packers have been contacting other candidates to let them know their choice is made.

The Packers interviewed LaFleur yesterday (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.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Packers "moved quickly on LaFleur" rather than take the time for a second round of interviews.

The Packers were the only team the 39-year-old LaFleur talked to.

He has 10 years of NFL experience, two of those as an offensive coordinator.

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.

Tennessee's offense ranked 25th this year but had injury issues with starting quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Demovsky says the hiring is expected to keep Packers' defensive coordinator Matt Pettine and his staff intact. Dave Schroeder of Action 2 Sports says it's an opportunity for Pettine, whose efforts to "reboot" the Packers defense were derailed by injuries this season.


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.









 
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