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It took a day, but the Green Bay Packers have officially named Matt LaFleur the 15th head coach of the green and gold.
“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers,” said President Mark Murphy in a release by the team. “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.”
“Matt is smart, organized and has a great vision for the path forward for our team,” added Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst. “His values and personality fit the culture of our organization. He has a tremendous ability to build relationships on multiple levels, which is a very important aspect in leading a football team.”
The Packers did not release terms on the contract. NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero reports that the Packers and LaFleur have agreed to a four-year contract with a fifth-year option.
The Packers interviewed LaFleur 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 Mike 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.