Matt LaFleur spoke to former Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett about returning to Green Bay

Matt LaFleur spoke to former Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett about returning to Green Bay

Matt LaFleur spoke to former Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett about returning to Green Bay

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The Green Bay Packers are in full offseason mode after their 20-16 “Sunday Night Football” loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 18, and head coach Matt LaFleur has already begun his assessments. He stressed the importance of consistency, both in his coaching staff and his roster, during his year-end press conference on Monday, but LaFleur also said he reached out to a familiar face. to join the Green Bay staff: Denver recently fired Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett.

The 43-year-old went 4-11 in his first run as NFL head coach, and he was let go after Denver’s crushing 51-14 Christmas Day loss to the Rams from Los Angeles. Hackett served as LaFleur’s offensive coordinator during the head coach’s first three seasons in Green Bay in which the Packers compiled a 39-10 record. It is the record for most wins by an NFL head coach in his first three seasons in league history. It was also the first time a team had won 13 or more games in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.

“You can never have enough good coaches, and you certainly know how I feel about Nathaniel. [Hackett] and the work he’s done here,” LaFleur said Monday. “I spoke to him after he was fired in Denver, and I know he needs some family time, too.”

One of the things LaFleur and quarterback Aaron Rodgers credited Hackett for during his time in Green Bay over the years was his game planning in the red zone, but LaFleur was the true caller of the offensive game the whole time. time he was the head coach of the Packers. The Packers ranked 24th in the league in red zone touchdown percentage (51.9%) and last in touchdown percentage to reach (50%) in 2022 after ranking third in the red zone ( 68.5%) and in goal-to-go offense (83.1%) from 2020 to 2021, Hackett’s final two years on the staff when Rodgers won back-to-back NFL MVPs.

After Hackett left, LaFleur promoted offensive line coach Adam Stenavich to offensive coordinator, so if Hackett decides to return to the Packers, it could be with a different title. LaFleur also acknowledged Monday that the responsibilities of playing could be in someone else’s hands next season if that’s what it takes to win. Green Bay averaged 25.6 points per game in LaFleur’s first three seasons, eighth in the NFL from 2019-2021, but they ranked 17th in the NFL this season, averaging 21.1 points per game.

“As far as the call to play goes, it crossed my mind,” LaFleur said when asked if he considered becoming more of a CEO-type coach, watching the whole operation under a different angle. “I want to do whatever is best for us to be successful. If we think that’s the best way to win games, then I would give it up 100 per cent.”

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