INDIANAPOLIS — Matt LaFleur will not blow up Aaron Rodgers’ telephone with calls, texts, emojis and GIFs telling his quarterback how a lot the Inexperienced Bay Packers need him again for one more season.
LaFleur is aware of Rodgers has a lot to ponder.
However the Packers’ coach additionally needs to maintain the traces of communication open whereas Rodgers goes by way of his decision-making course of.
“I informed him, I do not wanna be overbearing and inform him every single day how a lot we love him and the way a lot we would like him again,” LaFleur mentioned Wednesday on the NFL scouting mix at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. “So that you simply wanna be respectful of his house and permit him to assume by way of every thing clearly with out being annoying, I assume.”
Nonetheless, LaFleur made it clear how concerned Rodgers was within the hiring of his new quarterbacks coach after Luke Getsy left to grow to be the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator. It was no coincidence that LaFleur lured Tom Clements, one in every of Rodgers’ unique coaches within the NFL, out of retirement.
“He had a big function,” LaFleur mentioned when requested what half Rodgers performed within the rent.
“I might say that by way of simply our conversations during the last couple years and the way a lot he credit Tom for his improvement, it was very intriguing once we had a possibility.”
But LaFleur wasn’t prepared to make the connection that Clements’ return meant a Rodgers’ return was imminent regardless that these conversant in the method do not imagine Clements, 68, got here out of retirement to teach Jordan Love.
“Properly, I do not need to get into these conversations an excessive amount of, however actually when you will have a participant of that caliber, as essential as he is been to this group, after which when he credit and offers anyone like that a lot reward, to me you would be silly to not take heed to that,” LaFleur mentioned. “In order that’s why I needed to go sit down with Tom, and he is a really spectacular man.”
LaFleur had by no means earlier than labored with Clements, who was on earlier coach Mike McCarthy’s employees from 2006 to 2016, and the 2 had by no means spoken earlier than they met over lunch in Los Angeles throughout Tremendous Bowl week.
“I believe we interviewed one another to some degree, however simply the conversations we had, it is fairly straightforward for me to see why he’s such an important quarterbacks coach and developer and such an important communicator,” LaFleur mentioned. “He is acquired such an important even-keel demeanor and simply actually excited to sit down in a room with him and begin to undergo our course of, actually consider every thing that we have completed, or completed on movie and be taught from him, as a result of I do know he is been teaching this recreation lots longer than I’ve. So, I simply assume his potential to develop quarterbacks regardless of who’s within the room goes to be very helpful to the Inexperienced Bay Packer group.”
LaFleur’s feedback got here a day after Packers basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst informed reporters on the NFL scouting mix that he has not fielded any commerce affords for Rodgers and that he believes the two-time reigning NFL MVP will decide earlier than free company opens on March 16.
Rodgers mentioned final week throughout an look on the “Pat McAfee Present” that he had “a couple of extra issues to ponder however it will not be lengthy” earlier than he decides whether or not to play in 2022 and if that’s the case, if it is for the Packers.
“You at all times need to be respectful,” LaFleur mentioned. “I do know it is lots to tackle, he is acquired lots to consider, and definitely I am ensuring that I am constantly speaking with him but in addition need to be respectful of his time and the method that he has to undergo.”