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Matt LaFleur Was a Standout College Quarterback Before He Coached the Packers

Matt LaFleur becomes a favorite of Aaron Rodgers, Packers players, and the team’s fans every time the team wins.

That much should go without saying. But it has been interesting to see the Packers, after a few inconsistent years that felt like Groundhog Day under Mike McCarthy, resemble a new-look team since LaFleur took over after the 2018 season.

Much like Rodgers, LaFleur was a standout college quarterback before arriving in Wisconsin. This is LaFleur’s story, from Division II to the Green Bay Packers.

Matt LaFleur is in his second year coaching the Green Bay Packers

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In a somewhat surprising statistic, the Green Bay Packers have only had four full-time head coaches since 2000.

That continuity has paid off with the Packers’ repeated playoff appearances. However, Aaron Rodgers and friends have only won one Super Bowl this century despite routinely fielding one of the league’s most talented rosters.

Enter Matt LaFleur, the former Rams and Titans offensive coordinator who took over after the 2018 season. That year marked Mike McCarthy’s final season in Green Bay, an end which had been coming for some time but never transpired.

LaFleur led the Packers to a 13-3 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed last season. Green Bay lost to Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game.

LaFleur was a standout college quarterback in his playing days

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Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur both have something in common beyond earning paychecks from the Green Bay Packers.

In the early 2000s, both were under-recruited quarterbacks playing at lower levels. Rodgers famously played at a junior college before he transferred to California and played his way into the 2005 NFL draft’s first round.

LaFleur wasn’t so lucky, at least when it comes to the NFL angle. Originally a wide receiver at Western Michigan, LaFleur transferred to Saginaw State, a Division II program in Michigan, for the 2000 season.

LaFleur threw for 6,801 yards and 60 touchdowns in three seasons with the Cardinals. Saginaw State went 29-8 in his three seasons and reached the NCAA tournament every year.

LaFleur played two seasons in the National Indoor Football League before he transitioned to coaching full-time. His final season playing, 2004, coincided with Aaron Rodgers’ final college football season at Cal.

Matt LaFleur has the Packers primed for a Super Bowl run

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The Green Bay Packers opened the 2020 season with three straight victories over teams that ended Week 4 with a combined 4-8 record.

Still, the Packers showed enough in those games to raise optimism about Matt LaFleur’s second season at the helm. Green Bay came within one game of the Super Bowl last year and Aaron Rodgers, with nine touchdowns and no picks this season, continues to play at an MVP level.

After a Week 4 home game against the winless Falcons, the Packers have an early bye week. Green Bay returns in Week 6 to play Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (3-1) in Tampa Bay. 

The Packers then play the winless Texans and a disappointing Vikings team (1-3) before a Nov. 5 road trip to face the San Francisco 49ers again.

Green Bay still has plenty of challenges ahead of them. At least, by the looks of things, they have the right man on the sidelines in Matt LaFleur.

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