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Christmas Eve Cheese Curds: Matt LaFleur is the gift that keeps on giving

On the verge of tying a league record, LaFleur’s regular season success in his first three years has been all Packers fans could have hoped for.

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While most of the attention around the Green Bay Packers is going to Aaron Rodgers (for a variety of reasons) and the team’s run at the top seed in the playoffs for a second straight year, Christmas Eve is a great time to remind ourselves of another gift that we as Packers fans received a little less than three years ago.

That gift is Matt LaFleur, who has taken the reins of the franchise and led them to exceptional heights in his first three seasons. Indeed, LaFleur is on the verge of breaking a league record, one that has largely gone under the radar when compared to Rodgers chasing down another MVP award and Brett Favre’s franchise record for touchdown passes.

Sure, the Packers have yet to appear in a Super Bowl under LaFleur, but his regular season success has led the team to the doorstep each of the last two seasons. This year has perhaps been his most challenging test yet given the injury issues and distractions around the team, and he should absolutely be the front-runner for coach of the year.

So while many of us celebrate the holidays with friends and family (and Packers football on Christmas Day), let’s take a moment to be grateful for that gift we all received on January 8, 2019.

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If Green Bay wins on Christmas Day, LaFleur will tie the record for most wins in a coach's first three years, and he could break that mark with two wins in the final three games.

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Let's also remember the exceptional work that Gutekunst has done this season, as his shrewd signings have brought the Packers a Pro Bowl alternate (Rasul Douglas) and a player who should have been a Pro Bowler in De'Vondre Campbell.

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Kenny Clark gets the Packers' biggest bonus, as his selection to the Pro Bowl team triggers an extra quarter-million dollar escalator in next year's contract.

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What more can be said about Adams' play this season? Even the Ravens' defensive coordinator acknowledged that he's the best receiver in the game today.

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I really expected that somebody would invent Smellovision before "Taste the TV."