Reports: Matt LaFleur to become Packers head coach
In a somewhat surprising development, Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur will reportedly be named the new head coach of the Green Bay Packers after just one season in Tennessee.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was one of the outlets to report LaFleur’s hiring in Green Bay.
LaFleur was actually interviewed by the Titans for the head coaching vacancy last year before GM Jon Robinson settled on Mike Vrabel as head coach. Vrabel then, upon Robinson’s recommendation, interviewed LaFleur for the offensive coordinator’s position in Tennessee and hired him for the job.
LaFleur’s ascent to a head coaching position comes as a surprise, because the Titans offense ranked 25th overall in the NFL last season, and quarterback Marcus Mariota threw just 11 touchdown passes all season. Mariota did miss two games, including the season finale, and did not play a full game in three other contests.
In Green Bay, LaFleur will get the chance to work with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose relationship with Coach Mike McCarthy supposedly soured over the course of the season.
McCarthy was fired before the season ended and replaced by Joe Philbin on an interim basis.
LaFleur’s departure from the Titans leaves Mariota now looking for yet another offensive coordinator.
Mariota is beginning his fifth season, and LaFleur was his fourth play-caller, following Ken Whisenhunt, Jason Michael and Terry Robiskie.
If the Titans want to keep continuity, then quarterbacks coach Pat O’Hara might be a possibility to move up.