Hey everyone, welcome to the Packers new coach live blog. How's everyone doing?
I told you it wouldn't be long before we were back together. I'm definitely glad it's sooner rather than later. I don't think I would have made it another week.
I finally left my home office after eight days of seclusion in the hunt for information. I hope you all enjoyed the coverage.
So, here's the plan today.
I will transcribe as much as I can from LaFleur, Murphy and Gutekunst and then I will take questions and post comments.
Right now, LaFleur's family is entering the media auditorium. They are sitting to the side of the main dais as we get ready for the big three to get going.
Murphy: This is a very exciting day. It's a great day for the organization. I'm happy to be here to introduce Matt LaFleur.
Murphy is reading off notes as he introduces LaFleur and thanks the search committee.
Murphy: We put in a lot of time. Committee was Brian, Russ Ball, Ed Policy, Nicole Letvinia and Jason Wahlers.
Murphy thanks the leadership council of the team . Murphy said he and Gutekunst met with nine different players, talked about what they look for in a head coach and also talked about the team and the issues they saw in the team. It was instrumental in forming his toughts.
Murphy said 10 interviews and all were excellent. A lot of diversity and said he learned a lot. Thought the process went well.
Murphy said he wants to give special thanks to Joe Philbin... said he's getting emotional just talking about it. "I have tremendous respect for him."
Murphy said the process began in early December and making the move then gave him a big advantage. Said the committee did all kinds of research, made calls and vetted candidates. "We cast a large net, but it was much bigger than the 10 we interviewed."
Murphy said he talked to people on the NFL advisory council. Giving special mention to Charley Casserly, who is on that committee. Said he talked the Fritz Pollard Institute. Also saw interviews the NFL provided of the candidates.
Murphy said he, Gutekunst and Ball interviewed two candidates before the end of the season (Pagano and Caldwell).
Philbin was the first interview of the post-season.
Interviewed seven candidates over a three-day period.
Murphy said of the first nine interviews no one stood out.
Murphy said last interview was Matt LaFleur and had heard a lot of good things on him. They were excited to interview with him. "It went well."
Murphy on LaFleur: He was the most prepared candidate. He knew about our roster and coaches. It felt more like a conversation than an interview.
Murphy said right after, I think he's our top candidate. Then Gutekunst and Russ Ball also said they were their top candidate.
Murphy said usually the last candidate has an advantage, let's make sure we didn't give him more credit than he deserved.
Murphy said you want to interview the best candidate and not the best interviewer. They came into the office the next morning and all said they all felt the same way. We knew he was the right person.
Murphy said they brought together the committee and decided to move forward quickly.
Murphy: Great experience. College level, played quarterback. I like the fact he played at a small school adn really learned the game.
Murphy: He's a coach's son and grew up around the game. He had a quiet confidence and yet humility.
Murphy in hiring: There's two keys; Make sure they're a great fit. We felt comfortable with that. He's from Michigan, very similar to Green Bay.
He's humble and will fit in. The second part is you want someone who is generally excited about the position. There were some candidates...
... that were they excited? Maybe they just got fired...
Murphy and Gutekunst called him on Monday and offered the job. Said the line went quiet. LaFleur told them he was speechless.
Gutekunst: Really excited to have Matt part of the Packers nation. I thought the process was excellent. We wanted someone who could win.
Gutekunst: I think we have the perfect candidate to lead us where we want to go.
LaFleur: This is a little surreal for me.
LaFleur: I am extremely humbled. To follow in the footsteps of Curley Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy is an honor.
LaFleur is choking up as he talks about his family. "I'm all about family."
LaFleur is thanking Titans, players he's had, and his mentors: Brian Kelly, Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan, Dan Quinn, Sean McVay.
LaFleur: I want to develop a championship culture. My phiosophy is to lead, teach and inspire. We are going to be process driven
LaFleur on Rodgers: I did have the opportunity to talk to Aaron. i can't wait to get to work with him. i believe he's excited.
Murphy said Rodgers was part of the leadership committee.
LaFleur said he talked to Rodgers briefly before he was hired and got a sense he had the job when that happened.
LaFleur said they're still in the process of building the staff.
LaFleur said he has not had an opportunity to talk to Pettine yet about a job.
LaFleur on offense: I think just being part of that offense, it's sound quality football. We've been able to get the most out of our players.
LaFleur: I think there's an incredible amount of talent here. We're going to have high expectations.