First things first. I understand Matt LaFleur shares a last name with Peter LaFleur of Dodgeball fame. Stop sending me “cram it up your cram hole, LaFleur,” .gifs. I get it. Now if you wanted to make your own meme about the situation, that may be another story…
Anyways, I don’t really know how I feel about this hire. My gut reaction was not great:
Yes, I understand LaFleur comes from the Shanahan/McVay coaching tree, but why is that a guarantee that LaFleur is a wunderkind the likes of McVay? It doesn’t. It means he soaked up some things from McVay and Shanahan while working under them, but those guys are both calling the shots, and calling ALL the plays for their respective teams while he was on staff, regardless of what his coaching title was. I understand the Titans personnel this past season wasn’t great, but I don’t know if that gives a free pass to excuse everything and act like he’s going to be the second coming of Bill Walsh. I’m not saying he won’t be good, literally no one knows if he will be, I just didn’t think the Packers would be the first team dipping their toes into the water with a new coach. Didn’t even conduct a second round of interviews. He impressed them enough to have them just say “FUCK IT, HE’S OUR GUY!” A lot of former players are saying they love this hire, so I guess that’s a good sign?
Realistically, I was probably going to bitch regardless of who the Packers hired if it wasn’t Bruce Arians. I wanted him baaaaaaaad. And I undoubtedly still have a very sour taste in my mouth from the way the season ended. The thing that bothers me the most is LaFleur wanting to keep Mike Pettine around. I understand. He only had a year, but how do we know this guy shouldn’t be pushing a fucking broom somewhere? He looks like a football coach, and as of now, that might be the only reason he’s still getting looks and holding down jobs and not snaking toilets.
Outside of everything that I just said, I’m going to reserve judgement until I see what kind of plays and schemes LaFleur is cooking up next year. If they really believe that he’s the guy to get Rodgers back to an MVP season and in turn, the Packers into the playoffs, then so be it. That would be incredible. If he crashes and burns and the Packers suck phallus for the next three years, that would be undesirable, but at that point you’d drain the swamp and get rid of everyone including GM Brian Gutekunst (jury is still out on whether or not he knows what the fuck he’s doing).
That’s about as much optimism that you’re going to get out of me, but I’m going to take it a day at a time. Two first round draft picks, a lot of cap room, and a new coach who is either an offensive genius, or some guy who has slept on Sean McVay’s couch a couple of times. Only time will tell.