Murphy said players wanted someone who would hold players accountable. Talked about how complacency had set in among players and coaches.
LaFleur said he needed to challenge himself when he took the Tennessee OC job. Said it could have been easy to stay in LA. Felt needed to grow.
LaFleur said he will call plays. There will be challenges. That's wy important to hire people around me.
LaFleur: I want a defense that is ball-hawking, eliminates big plays. On special teams I want to be sound and attack match-ups. Penalty-free aggression.
Murphy said he would have brought other candidates back for second interviews if LaFleur hadn't blown them away.
Murphy on no second interview told a story that LaFleur asked what the time frame was and said he gave him some "bull----".
LaFleur said he'll lead different than Shanahan and McVay. Said he will be honest with players.
laFleur said he won't have any preconceived notions about Aaron Rodgers and will try to develop their relationship the way he did with Matt Ryan
Gutekunst on interview: You do a lot of work ahead of time. We go through it and at the start there was an ease and his vision aligned with ours.
Murphy said LaFleur will report to him.
LaFleur: This is a dream come true for me.
OK, that wraps up the presser. Feel free to hit me with questions.
Oh, I'm sure they are. Everyone is. It's just a matter of whether you're capable of putting things together that allow you to win.
Great question. I wasn't blown away by his press conference. I didn't come away thinking this was Bill Cowher or Jimmy Johnson. There wasn't a lot of presence there.
Definitely didn't discover his running game until much too late. Seemed like Derrick Henry was in the same position Aaron Jones was in. The thing to remember with these McVay/Shanahan guys is that they really need a big-time running threat to be successful. Play-action is a big part of it.
There's no confusion. He hasn't had a chance to talk to Pettine face to face. But I'm sure Pettine will be the DC. He's under contract and the two of them have talked on the phone, I'm sure.
I don't know, but Rodgers was definitely one of them. I'm sure Bakhtiari and Bulaga were. Tramon Williams I would guess.
I think he'll be a good Xs and Os guy, but commanding the locker room is key and I don't know if he's over his head or not. He has no head coaching experience and he has only been a coordinator for two years. I think he has a lot of work to do to be a successful head coach.
Policy is the legal counsel, Letvina (sic) is HR and Wahlers is public relations. As you can see, the Packers have become very corporate in their approach. I doubt Ron Wolf had HR involved when he hired Mike Holmgren. Just a guess.
I do agree complacency had set in. I thought McCarthy needed to add some new life to his offensive staff and i think in hindsight the addition of Philbin just gave him another guy who knew his system. He needed an injection of youth on his staff.
You tell me. Did he come off like someone who would hold people accountable? I didn't think he blew away the public with the way he handled the press conference. But what matters is what takes place behind closed doors. The part that concerns me is that too much consideration was given to what might be good for Aaron Rodgers. He's 35 years old and not the player he was. Maybe they need to start doing what Denver did, which is build the defense up around him.
I was surprised they only interviewed two defensive guys. I don't know why they didn't interview Fangio.
I don't know about this year. The offense will take time to take hold. I think this could be another non-playoff year. The defense and special teams will play a big part in whether that's the case.
Yes, I got that sense. i don't think they're going to be doing the Oklahoma drill on the first day of practice.
Yes, I think that was a goal. They were going to have to be blown away by a defensive guy to hire him and as you saw they only interviewed two guys, one who has been out of the game a year and the other who is 37 years old and probably isn't ready.
Kind of what I was referring to before.