"I think we've got the flawless candidate to lead us to where we want to go", Gutekunst said. "But he did it because he knew it would help him become a head coach, to take on the playcalling responsibilities".
"I think he has a good chance at being an outstanding coach".
"We ended up interviewing 10 candidates", said Murphy.
"He has the unique combination of a quiet confidence but yet a humility", Murphy said. There's a lot of work to be done in front of us, but I'm just looking forward to that opportunity.
Fitting LaFleur was with his family when he got the call. Now the Packers can get back to winning games with their running game and defense, too.
"If he stayed in L.A., he'd be the hot candidate right now", Murphy said at Wednesday's introductory press conference for LaFleur. It was incredible. When I tell you I was speechless, I was speechless because there's just so much tradition here, and I can't think of a greater place to be a head coach in this league, and really in all of sports. In the week leading up to the Packers' game against the Rams, where LaFleur served as the offensive coordinator under Sean McVay in 2017, Rodgers called one it of the "fun offenses that you try to steal plays from or enjoy watching, obviously, what Sean has done and what Andy [Reid] is doing in Kansas City". Tennessee didn't make the playoffs this past year, but LaFleur kept them in the hunt despite significant injuries, including to QB Marcus Mariota. LaFleur stepped in and said something about Ryan's balance. Regardless of who the team brings on as offensive coordinator - or if they opt to carry on with a pass and run game coordinator as an alternative - that won't change.
The team started hunting for a new head coach as soon as Mike McCarthy was sacked.
"It would have been easy to stay in LA., you look at the season they are having there", LaFleur says.
"I took the risk because I knew that I needed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a coach".
After the initial three interviews, the Packers talked to Patriots offensive and defensive coordinators Josh McDaniels and Brian Flores, Saints offensive assistants Dan Campbell and Pete Carmichael, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken and former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase. "You'd better navigate through some adversity, and I was proud of that". It can't get any better.