The Green Bay Packers have officially moved on. Jordan Love will be QB1 in Green Bay for the 2023 NFL season. For the first time in 31 years, a quarterback not named Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers will be the starter week one. Whether it was news of other teams reaching out, or the NFL Draft coming up, the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers re-opened trade talks. This week, they got the deal done. Upon the trade getting done, Matt LaFleur had some things to say.
Matt LaFleur Says Aaron Rodgers Impacted Him Greatly
Per Andrew Kulha:
Remember, LaFleur was a relative “nobody’ before he took the Packers’ head-coaching gig. He has gone 47-19 since taking over in Green Bay and many (if not most) would say that having Rodgers — a four-time league MVP — at the helm of the offense has been a big reason for his early success.
LaFleur now has the opportunity to prove his chops apart from his future Hall of Fame quarterback, but in the meantime, he offered comment on how Rodgers helped to guide him on the sidelines.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great players, but none better than Aaron. I will always be grateful for our time together, both on and off the field. The mark he left on our organization, players and coaches cannot be overstated,” LaFleur said in a statement. “His drive for competitive greatness and the standards he set for everyone, including himself, made our team better. Ultimately, he made me a better coach.”
It will be interesting to see if LaFleur can swim without the life raft that was the future Hall of Fame signal-caller. It will also be interesting to see what the Packers offense looks like moving forward with Jordan Love.
Love’s ability as a starting quarterback is one major question — perhaps the major question — LaFleur will have to determine. The other is just how much of an impact Rodgers’ improvisational abilities had on his coach’s offense. Rodgers famously loved to audible out of plays and the line of scrimmage and was not afraid to play off script.
In a way, we have never truly seen LaFleur’s offense as it was meant to be — instead, it has been a Rodgers/LaFleur combination.
LaFleur might be without his four-time MVP quarterback by his side. Rodgers made him a better coach, by his own word. He will now be tasked with helping Love develop into a better quarterback.
Matt LaFleur learned how to be successful on the field as a head coach from Aaron Rodgers. Something he will likely take with him the rest of his career. LaFleur and Rodgers developed a special relationship on and off the field in their four years together.
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