Report: Matt LaFleur didn’t have full say on hiring Packers’ assistants

Report: Matt LaFleur didn’t have full say on hiring Packers’ assistants

  • Packers coach Matt LaFleur has put together a coaching staff in Green Bay, but it may not have been exactly the staff he would have hired if it had all been up to him.
  • LaFleur wasn’t the sole decision-maker when it came to hiring assistant coaches, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
  • Instead, LaFleur reportedly tried to get Darren Rizzi as his special teams coach but was unable to land him because the Packers low-balled him on a contract.
  • Mennenga doesn’t have as strong a résumé as Rizzi, and according to the report wasn’t even LaFleur’s second choice after Rizzi.
  • The report says LaFleur was “Strongly encouraged” to keep Pettine as the defensive coordinator.
  • The report portrays Murphy as getting more involved in football decisions than he did in the previous regime in Green Bay, when General Manager Ted Thompson had authority over personnel moves and head coach Mike McCarthy chose his own staff.
  • Which could mean that if the Packers don’t get better under LaFleur, it would be Murphy on the hot seat.