Packers hire Titans OC Matt LaFleur as head coach

The Green Bay Packers have a new head coach.

The team announced late Tuesday night it had hired Tennessee offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, it’s a four-year deal.

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“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers,” said team president and CEO Mark Murphy in press release. “We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football. We’re also excited about the person—he is bright with a great work ethic and a perfect fit for Green Bay and the organization.”

LaFleur was one of at least nine candidates to interview for the position, doing so on Sunday with the Packers search committee that included Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst.

“Matt is smart, organized and has a great vision for the path forward for our team,” Gutekunst said in the release. “His values and personality fit the culture of our organization. He has a tremendous ability to build relationships on multiple levels, which is a very important aspect in leading a football team.”

The 39-year-old LaFleur just completed his first season with the Titans. Prior stops included being the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and the quarterbacks coach with the Atlanta Falcons for two years (2015-16) and the Washington Redskins for three years (2010-2013).

LaFleur has experience working under Rams’ coach Sean McVay and San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, two of the more highly thought of offensive minds in the NFL.

This will be LaFleur’s first head coaching job, which is in line with the two most recent coaches to lead the Packers to Super Bowl titles — Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy.

According to Demovsky, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will be kept on for another year.

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