INDIANAPOLIS – Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur held a pair of media sessions on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Here are five things we learned:
1. LaFleur has been in regular contact with Aaron Rodgers, but continues to give him space as well.
As the Packers await Rodgers’ decision on his future, LaFleur said he’s “consistently communicating” with his quarterback while being respectful of his time and space.
“I know it’s a lot to take on. He’s got a lot to think about,” LaFleur said. “I don’t want to be overbearing and tell him every day how much we love him and how much we want him back.”
He did indicate that Rodgers played a significant role in the re-hiring of Tom Clements as the team’s QB coach. The credit and praise Rodgers gives Clements for his role in the four-time MVP’s development prompted LaFleur to sit down for lunch with Clements prior to the Super Bowl, and things fell into place pretty quickly.
While it’s obvious Clements’ presence might help persuade Rodgers to return, LaFleur also is interested to see what the longtime coach can do with Jordan Love.
“I think we interviewed each other to some level, but just the conversations we had, it’s pretty easy for me to see why he is such a great quarterbacks coach and developer and such a great communicator,” LaFleur said. “He’s got such a great even-keel demeanor.
“I know he’s been coaching this game a lot longer than I have. So, I just think his ability to develop quarterbacks no matter who’s in the room is going to be very beneficial.”
2. There aren’t enough good things to say about Rich Bisaccia.
LaFleur referred to everything from experience to presence to leadership in discussing his new special teams coordinator, and he considers the Packers fortunate to get such a proven coach to right the team’s troublesome third phase.
“He has such a proven track record. In my opinion, he should be a head coach in this league,” LaFleur said of Bisaccia, who has coached special teams in the NFL for two decades and led the Raiders to the playoffs as an interim head coach last season.
“It’s not a secret as to why guys love being around him, love playing for him. I can tell he’s going to demand a lot from our guys.”
That word “demand” also popped up in LaFleur’s description of his new outside linebackers coach, Jason Rebrovich, who received strong recommendations from former colleagues Nathaniel Hackett and Jason Vrable.
Back to special teams, conversations already have taken place with General Manager Brian Gutekunst regarding the personnel side of things, and LaFleur referenced an attitude that Bisaccia’s units are known for that he will instill with the Packers.
“We’re really fortunate to have a guy of that caliber,” LaFleur said. “If you’d ask the coaches around the league, he’s regarded as one of the best in the business. So anytime you can get a guy like that, that’s a big-time win for us.”