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Cheese Curds, 2/9: Packers effectively shut out at NFL Honors

It’s disappointing to see Matt LaFleur continue to get overlooked for major awards, but he has his sights set on a much bigger goal.

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What does Matt LaFleur have to do to earn any real consideration for Coach of the Year?

It’s hard to imagine a more impressive coaching job than what the Green Bay Packers got from LaFleur during the 2023 season. Yes, the first half of the season saw the offense look largely disjointed as the team scuffled to a 3-6 start, but the midseason turnaround and the drastic development of the youngest team in the NFL — with a first-year starting quarterback — should be a testament to LaFleur and his coaching staff.

The fact that the Packers managed to not only make the playoffs but also to win a game in Dallas as heavy road underdogs only underscores what a great job LaFleur did. And the same should be said for general manager Brian Gutekunst, who had an absolutely dynamite draft last spring.

And yet, the best the Packers could muster across any category at the NFL Honors on Thursday was three votes for two different awards.

LaFleur probably doesn’t care. At least, he wouldn’t admit it if he did. He will simply remain focused on achieving the bigger goals that the franchise has for 2024. But after years of being snubbed for Coach of the Year honors in part because he had a MVP quarterback — rather than media members acknowledging that LaFleur probably played a huge part in his QB playing at that level — it would at least be nice if he and his team would finally get some more recognition for the incredible work they have put in.

Then again, if LaFleur can bring another Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay, that (and the road sign that will inevitably be put up in his honor) will be worth far more than any Coach of the Year vote.

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