McVay employed LaFleur as his offensive coordinator in 2017, but McVay called the plays himself. Then, last offseason, he allowed LaFleur to fly the coop and call plays for the Titans. Without that stepping stone, LaFleur probably wouldn’t have gotten the big gig in Green Bay.
Meanwhile, the Packers are over the moon about LaFleur because his offensive focus will allow the club to keep defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and the rest of the staff, provided that LaFleur is not keen on making major changes.
Here’s the latest round of coaching rumors from around the NFL:
- The Packers interview was the only known meeting for Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, so the LaFleur hire likely means that McDaniels will return to the Pats for another year, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. McDaniels did have one other request from the Bengals, but he turned them down.
- Two other teams looking for head coaches believe that Baylor’s Matt Rhule is the Jets‘ top target, Manish Mehta of the Daily News tweets. An interview is likely coming soon, though no date has been set just yet.
- Dolphins GM Chris Grier has long thought highly of Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald hears. Furthermore, another source believes Flores is near the top, or perhaps at the top, of the Dolphins’ wishlist. Flores talked with the Fins on Saturday.