Packers LB On LaFleur: "He's Just Been Awesome"

Matt LaFleur deserves credit for turning Green Bay around

Reiter Than You
October 08, 2019 - 8:20 pm
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After eight consecutive playoff appearances from 2009 to 2016, the Green Bay Packers missed the playoffs in each of the next two seasons. They went 7-9 in 2017 and 6-9-1 in 2018, finishing third in the NFC North both times.

Out goes Mike McCarthy, in comes Matt LaFleur. The early results? Favorable.

The Packers are 4-1, atop the NFC North and are coming off a dominating over the Cowboys in Dallas. Green Bay led 31-3 late in the third quarter on Sunday, ultimately winning 34-24.

LaFleur is only five games into his head-coaching career, yes, but he deserves credit for creating positive change in Green Bay. 

What’s been the biggest difference between LaFleur and McCarthy?

“Nothing bad about McCarthy or anything in that sense because I feel like he was an amazing coach and gave me the opportunity to play in the NFL,” Packers linebacker Blake Martinez said on Reiter Than You. “But once LaFleur stepped in, he’s just been awesome in every single sense of football, every single moment that you’ve been around him: attention to detail, holding each other accountable, making sure everyone is playing their best, no matter if you’re Aaron Rodgers or a practice-squad guy. He’s always getting on you, making sure that you’re helping this team out in any way, shape or form.”

Rodgers has completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 1,307 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Running back Aaron Jones, meanwhile, has rushed for 302 yards and eight touchdowns and added 19 catches for 150 yards.

The Packers host Detroit (2-1-1) on Monday Night Football on Oct. 14. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET.