The Green Bay Packers are set to hire Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur as their new head coach and have infored other candidates that they're not receiving the gig, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Rob Demovsky.
Packers are zeroing in on hiring Titans' OC Matt LaFleur as their HC, sources tell @RobDemovsky and me . Packers have begun notifying other HC candidates that they've interviewed that they're out and the team has made its choice.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2019
Green Bay becomes the first team to fill its head coaching vacancy, having been in search for a new coach following the firing of Mike McCarthy in early December. They decided to remove the interim tag from Joe Philbin, who finished out the season as head coach.
Demovsky added that it's believed defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and his crew will stay abord amid the new coaching hiring, as the Packers start to close out their deal with LaFleur.
The 39-year-old LaFleur became an intriguing candidate for the Packers following his past three years of success with a trio of different teams. LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach from the Atlanta Falcons (2015-16) and was on hand for Matt Ryan's MVP-winning season, one that nearly resulted in a Super Bowl LI championship.
LaFleur then took the Los Angeles Rams' offensive coordinator position in the 2017 season and helped sophomore Jared Goff develop into a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback. The Rams won the NFC West division with an 11-5 record, thanks in large part to the success of their offense that LaFleur helped construct.
After the season, LaFleur left the Rams and joined the Tennessee Titans to take over as offensive coordinator for Mike Vrabel's staff. The Titans finished 25th in scoring and 27th in points scored, but injuries to quarterback Marcus Mariota and tight end Delanie Walker can be cited as reasons why the unit didn't score much.
What This Means
The Packers were expected to hire an offensive-minded head coach all along, as star quarterback Aaron Rodgers endured a down season. The latter is now 35 years of age and only has so many prime years left, so the pressure will be on LaFleur and his staff to help Rodgers regain that MVP form.