Packers confirm hiring of Matt LaFleur as coach

Mike Pettine agrees to stay on as Packers defensive coordinator

"It's truly an honor".

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.

The last of 10 candidates interviewed - the final seven over a whirlwind three-day, multi-city excursion last weekend - LaFleur impressed the Packers' brass with his preparedness, enthusiasm and vision.

"It went kind of quiet [and Murphy though], 'Oh, geez, did the connection break?'" Murphy said. I think it's a system that's really predicated on building the run game with the pass game. "And the other thing that, and Brian can speak to this as well, he was there, [the players] talked a little bit about how they felt a complacency had set in among some players and coaches".

Immediately following LaFleur's interview, Murphy, Gutekunst and Ball all agreed he was the top candidate to do just that, and their feelings didn't change after sleeping on it.

"We wanted someone who could win", Gutekunst declared, "and that's what we found in Matt".

"I thought we were going to get in a auto accident", LaFleur said.

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Shortly after the phone call ended with Rodgers, LaFleur's phone rang again.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Packers "moved quickly on LaFleur" rather than take the time for a second round of interviews. "And I'll be here moving forward". He thinks they are both already on the same page. "We are committed to winning, there's no doubt about it, and he's a competitor".

LaFleur will take over playcalling duties from former coach Mike McCarthy, who called the plays every season in Green Bay between 2006 and 2018.

While LaFleur had success with his mentors, he flew the nest to call his own plays in Tennessee last season. The 39-year-old served as quarterbacks coach of the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 and 2016, helping offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan build one of the league's most explosive offenses at the time. "A lot better situation than the Packers were in, so in that sense, you got to be optimistic that he's going to be able to get it done for them", said Schmid. "It would have been easy to stay in LA".

LaFleur's first major order of business will be to put together his coaching staff.

Demovsky says the hiring is expected to keep Packers' defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and his staff intact.

From there it'll be on to diving deeper into the roster than he already has, and setting the plan for 2019, which he already said he'll enter with high expectations, which are shared by those who brought him here. "I'm just want to try to develop the best relationship with Aaron because he is a key piece to the puzzle and a key reason why we're going to get to where we want to go".

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