LaFleur comes to the Packers after one season as the play-calling offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, a job he took a year ago because he knew he needed to "challenge myself". He transferred there after playing one season of receiver at Western Michigan, a decision that may have shaped his coaching destiny.
LaFleur, who is from Mount Pleasant, Mich., made his start in the National Football League coaching ranks in 2008 with the Houston Texans, connecting with Kyle Shanahan, now the San Francisco 49ers head coach. LaFleur began his coaching career in 2003 as an offensive assistant at Saginaw Valley State, the school he played quarterback for and guided to three straight NCAA Division II playoff appearances. "I'm going to need guys in those spots so I can attend to whatever it is we're doing on offense".
He joined Mike and Kyle Shanahan with the Washington Redskins, then worked in Atlanta under Kyle Shanahan.
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LaFleur confirmed he will be Green Bay's play-caller, and said that he is excited to work with Rodgers. Before that, he was offensive coordinator on McVay's staff in Los Angeles. He has a great history with QBs including Matt Ryan's MVP season and Jared Goff.
Shortly after the phone call ended with Rodgers, LaFleur's phone rang again. He interviewed for the head coaching job in Tennessee before Vrabel was hired. The Titans finished 9-7 with a combination of Marcus Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and missed the playoffs. "It would have been easy to stay in L.A. You look at the roster, you look at the success they're having this year". "I took the risk because I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach". The lessons I learned this year, I learned football is not easy.
LaFleur's connection with two of the NFL's most highly thought of offensive minds intrigued Murphy for how it could revive Rodgers, who just completed his least productive season as a starter. "There's one goal here, it's always been one goal, to win world championships, and we're excited to get started".
LaFleur was in the vehicle at the time. He's the second-youngest head coach in the 101-year history of the franchise, with only Curly Lambeau leading the team at a younger age.