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Tuesday Cheese Curds: Matt LaFleur is ready for another run

Entering his fourth year, Matt LaFleur prepares for new challenges in Green Bay.

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Matt LaFleur has been about as successful as an NFL coach can be during his time in Green Bay. His teams have also come up short in new and interesting ways during each of his three playoff runs.

While acknowledging that some of those shortcomings are on him (late-game decision-making against Tampa Bay will always be a black mark on his resume), there are a lot of factors from the Packers’ playoff exits that were out of LaFleur’s control.

How he deals with that reality is a fascinating and ongoing question; he and the Packers have missed a series of great opportunities, and there’s no direct recreation of those opportunities, either. To wit: LaFleur can no longer build an offense around the dynamic pairing of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams now that the latter is off to Las Vegas. They’ve missed whatever window was there, and now LaFleur’s challenge is to help the Packers continue to contend, regardless.

We’ve got good evidence that he’ll be able to do it, but the how (and the who, I suppose, as it pertains to the receiving corps) remains to be seen. Every season is different, and Matt LaFleur’s eternal task begins again this weekend.

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LaFleur is seeking inspiration beyond the gridiron as he looks to aid the Packers’ growth.

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If Darnell Savage comes up with just one of the many interceptions Kirk Cousins tried to gift him during last year’s Week 11 loss to the Vikings, there’s probably a lot less talk about how Jefferson and Thielen lit up the Packers. Still, the point stands: the Packers know what they have to do.

De’Vondre Campbell ready for Packers’ defense to ‘just line up and go’ |

Campbell sounds confident and in control as he starts his second season with the Packers.

Green Bay Packers season superlatives entering 2022 | Packers Wire

A great list here, though somewhat disappointing that there were no mentions for “greatest hair” or “most likely to succeed.”

Box of live reptiles delivered to wrong New York address | UPI

The kicker for me here wasn’t that it was a mistake that the reptiles were delivered at all, just that they went to the wrong place. I mean, who hasn’t ordered a bunch of reptiles?