The Green Bay Packers are sending general manager Brian Gutekunst to Indianapolis, Indiana next week for the 2023 NFL Combine. Head coach Matt LaFleur and the rest of the Packers’ training staff, however, will not be joining him. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky broke the news on Twitter:
Matt LaFleur and his staff are joining a growing number of coaches not attending the combine next week in Indy.
LaFleur felt his time was better spent working with the staff on scheme projects. Because everything from the combine is recorded, they can view it afterward.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) February 24, 2023
Demovsky continued: “GM Brian Gutekunst and the personnel department will staff the combine as usual. Typically, Gutekunst has brought the coaching staff into pre-draft meetings and there’s no indication that will change. Gutekunst is expected to speak with reporters in Indy.”
The Packers general manager is indeed schedule to speak to reporters at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the combine is located, on Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 AM CST.
The Green Bay Packers Already Have a Plan
The modern day “draft experts” have created a series of myths surrounding the draft and how teams view players that many people accept as true. One of these is that the NFL Combine can shoot a player up or down a team’s big board. This is not so. In the podcast episode listed above, Brian Maafi, who is responsible for dozens of contributions to various draft guides, explains that NFL teams already know what players they are interested in before the combine. They also already know when they should plan on drafting any given player.
That being said, the combine is good for players to display their athletic skills as well as their speed. While some players may impress teams enough to move up a spot or two on their board, no one is “shooting up” a NFL team’s draft board. For the most part, coaches have already seen what they needed to see in game tape.
While some may think that LaFleur skipping the combine is foolish, it truly is not that big of a deal.
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