A chapter in the illustrious history of the Green Bay Packers was turned this week with the hiring of Matt LaFleur as the team’s 15th head coach.
With the handshakes and introductions now behind him, LaFleur can focus on his first task and it’s a big one: building a staff.
The first reported of an expected many departures were the decisions to not retain special teams coordinator Ron Zook or wide receivers coach David Raih.
Those are the first two of what is expected to be a sizable purge of the coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. While not official,there is a strong possibility Mike Pettine will be kept on as defensive coordinator though what changes on his staff will occur remains to be seen.
It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks in Green Bay as LaFleur builds his staff and that should give fans an idea of what the team could look like as they embark on this new era of Packers football.
There’s more on LaFleur beginning to build the coaching staff plus why the Packers still feel good about their top two cornerbacks in today’s cheese curds.
The writing was on the wall all season for Zook as the penalties and miscues piled up and it was stunning to see Mike McCarthy get fired before Zook. Now with LaFleur in charge, he wasted no time sending Zook packing.
The LaFleur-Aaron Rodgers relationship will he watched closely all season in 2019 and LaFleur has experience in helping talented quarterbacks reach peak efficiency.
A lack of accountability and complacency will doom any team and the coaching staff will pay the price, as was the case in Green Bay. The Packers took the players’ feelings into account as they set out to find the next head coach.
King battled injuries for the second consecutive season and Alexander flashed promise but also was banged up as the year went on. This could be a great combination but they have to stay healthy.
“How was your drive home?” “It was crappy. I got kind of pee’d off.”