Matt LaFleur made an interesting decision for the Packers ahead of the 2023 NFL scouting combine
The NFL Scouting Combine is a chance for teams to get a look at upcoming draft prospects both on the field and in interview rooms. It’s a big step in the predraft process as the NFL-world descends on Indianapolis for the big week. But Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur made a key decision that could impact the draft and the upcoming season.
The Packers decided NOT to bring their coaching staff to the combine, a move that may seem unusual but has been the norm for a few teams over the past few years. And that decision was on Matt LaFleur.
According to Mark Murphy, it was LaFleur that made the decision NOT to bring the coaching staff down to Indianapolis. Instead, LaFleur wants the coaches spending time at the facility to get ready for the upcoming season.
Per Mark Murphy, decision for #Packers coaching staff to skip the combine was Matt LaFleur's. "He said that he and his coaches were better off spending this time at the facility getting ready for the upcoming season."
— J.J. Lahey 🧀 Packers Talk (@JJLahey) March 4, 2023
Will it pay off for Matt LaFleur?
That’s an interesting strategy to take. As I said above, it’s not as unusual to do this anymore as the Los Angeles Rams didn’t send anyone a year ago to the combine. Really, front office members and scouts are what matter at the combine for the most part in terms of drills.
For interviews, it’s nice to have the coaching staff there although not everyone is needed.
The Packers are coming off a disappointing 2022 campaign and really need a good offseason to turn things around. The big story is obviously Aaron Rodgers but an improvement all around will be key as well.