Packers head coach Matt LaFleur introduced his new coaching staff at Lambeau Field.
LaFleur’s 24-member staff will include 10 returning coaches from the 2018 season. Here were some of the biggest takeaways from the coaches’ media availability Monday afternoon.
HOW WILL THE COACHING STAFF MESH WITH AARON RODGERS
One of the biggest questions this offseason was how would Matt LaFleur’s new scheme and his new hires mesh with a two-time MVP quarterback like Aaron Rodgers who has been playing one system his entire career? LaFleur highlighted the fact that Rodgers will be working with him, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy, who all have experience either playing or coaching the quarterback position.
“We got three quarterback guys that are going to be hitting him from all angles but I’m going to be doing my part. I know that I’m going to need to be in that room as much as I possibly can because I am going to be the play-caller. I think that relationship between the play-caller and the quarterback is absolutely critical so I will be in there as much as I can… I don’t foresee ever missing a quarterback meeting,” LaFleur said.
“I’m excited to help him play at a high level and obviously knowing eachother is a good thing. The relationship is already there and the professional relationship, which I think is more important. I there’s mutual respect, ” Getsy said.
THE PACKERS PLAN TO RUN THE FOOTBALL MORE IN 2019
Running backs coach Ben Sirmans knows what’s in store for his players this fall. That will be more running plays for his duo of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. When LaFleur was calling plays for Tennessee last season, the Titans had one of the highest run percentages in the NFL. Meanwhile, Hackett’s 2017 rushing offense produced the AFC Offensive Rooke of the Year in Leonard Fournette.
“I like the fact that they’re experienced. (Aaron and Jamaal) should be able to play a lot faster now, especially because they have more experience not just running the ball, but protection. Understanding what the defense is going to do to them. Plus, they’re really hungry. I think that’s the bigest thing. Those guys are really jacked up about laying because they haven’t experienced going to the playoffs, so they know how that tradition is here, especially when we got a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers. They want to ge tthe job done,” Sirmans said.
LUKE BUTKUS WILL GET THE BUTKUS FAMILY TO ROOT FOR GREEN BAY
Luke Butkus, the Packers new assistant offensive line coach, got the go ahead from his uncle, legendary Bears linebacker Dick Butkus, when he landed the job in Green Bay. A long-time Bears fan, Butkus said family comes first when it comes to Packers Bears Sundays now.
“You got to root for family right?” Butkus said. “(My uncle) was excited for me… for the opportunity that I have to be pat of this, being back in the NFL. I think that’s first and foremost. When it comes to that, we make sure we take care of our family.”
THIS IS A YOUNG COACHING STAFF
Not only is Matt LaFleur the second youngest head coach in the NFL at just 39 years old, but the rest of his staff is young as well.
“They bring a bunch of energy all day,” LaFleur said. “They’ll connect and reach our players and that’s what I’m most excited about.”
LaFleur, along with Nathaniel Hackett and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery are all 39. Meanwhile, quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy is 34 years old, and offensive line coach Adam Stenavich is 35.