Beuerlein: I Didn't Think LaFleur Was Ready

Steve Beuerlein didn't think Matt LaFleur was ready to be a head coach – or know if Aaron Rodgers would be mature enough to work with him

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October 21, 2019 - 8:26 pm
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Almost halfway through the regular season, the Green Bay Packers (6-1) are not only atop the NFC North, but also firmly in the mix for a first-round playoff bye.

Steve Beuerlein is a tad surprised by that.

“I didn’t think that Matt LaFleur was ready yet to be a head coach, and I didn’t know if Aaron Rodgers was going to be, for lack of a better term, mature enough to allow him to cut his teeth and get to know him and everything else,” the former NFL quarterback and current CBS Sports NFL analyst said on Reiter Than You. “But a couple days like what happened yesterday, it’ll make a lot of your pains and a lot of your frustrations go away. It does seem it’s only getting better for that team.”

Rodgers had six touchdowns (five pass, one rush) in a 42-24 win over the Raiders at Lambeau Field. The Packers have a one-game lead over the Vikings (5-2) in the division.

“I’m not quite ready to discount the Minnesota Vikings, even though I have traditionally been a Kirk Cousins critic,” Beuerlein said. “The way that they’re playing right now with that running game, that defense and the explosive nature of their passing game, if he can play consistently in the bigger games, I think that those are the two top teams. But I’m not willing to give the edge to one over the other.”

The Bears (3-3) and Lions (2-3-1), meanwhile, are third and fourth, respectively, in the NFC North. Chicago has lost back-to-back games to the Raiders and Saints.

“You almost have to rank them as the fourth-best team in that division, the worst team in the division,” Beuerlein said of the Bears. “I did not expect that coming into this year. I had high hopes, high expectations, but they’re a team right now that looks like they don’t have any clue what they want to do. For you to tell me Mitchell Trubisky would throw the ball 54 times in a game and they would only try to run the ball seven times, I would think it was an absolute blowout. But that was a 12-10 game at halftime.”

Well, 12-10 became 36-10 in a hurry. Trubisky finished 34-of-54 for 251 yards and two touchdowns.

“There’s absolutely no reason you could ever justify taking them away from what should be their identity as a running football team and Mitchell Trubisky as a complementary piece to that puzzle throwing play-action off of that running game,” Beuerlein said, “but not putting the game on his shoulders to throw the ball 54 times. I think it was a very poor game plan and very poorly executed on both sides of the ball. I’m really concerned about the Bears.”