Packers Coach Matt LaFleur Talks Marquez Valdes-Scantling And His Impact In Win Over Detroit

December 15, 2020 11:09 pm

The Green Bay Packers have been enjoying a good season this year. The Packers are currently 10-3 and hold the first spot in the NFC North. The Packers are a lock to reach the Playoffs this year. What’s more, they are one of the biggest contenders to make it into the Super Bowl out of the NFC this year. And one of the major reasons behind it is Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been a dark horse for the Packers this season. Packers coach Matt LaFleur spoke about the reason why MVS has been so solid. LaFleur chalked it up to a sturdy mentality.

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

He said, “Well, I think it all starts with coming out to practice with the right mindset. We have a ton of confidence that he’s going to consistently deliver. I think yesterday was a prime example of that.” 

LaFleur pointed out that star quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a lot of trust in Marquez Valdes-Scantling and is letting him do his thing.

“The trust that Aaron gave him on the touchdown pass where he threw a line-drive, back-shoulder ball, and just the aggressive hands that he displayed on that play was the standard. That was awesome. Teach-tape material if you will.” 

LaFleur talks Marquez Valdes-Scantling and the Packers

LeFleur pointed to a play during the game against the Detroit Lions that helped prove his point about what he likes about MVS’ gameplay.

“And then also that third down, again another great example of what we’re looking for in terms of stepping back to the football, just playing an aggressive hand.

“I don’t think our confidence has ever wavered in him. I think there is a lot of belief, not only amongst our staff but his teammates as well. And we just continue to give him opportunities.” 

The Packers Head Coach opened up about why he is such a fan of MVS. He called him an absolute team player. “The one thing I love about him, is you don’t hear say anything from him when he doesn’t get the ball thrown his way.

“He’s going to be a guy we continue to go to and rely on. And we need him to be at his best for his team to get done what we’d like to get done.” 

It remains to be seen how the Packers will perform in the Playoffs. But if MVS can continue playing this way, they can definitely make a solid run.

Aaditya Krishnamurthy

Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated. He still makes sporadic appearances on the show. During his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on International Relations, he wrote a thesis titled 'The Impact of Domestic and International Politics on Sports, Events, Organizations and Franchises'. When he isn’t writing about basketball or football, he is furthering his NBA MyCareer, attempting to surpass Bill Russell for rings in the game. He staunchly believes that Derrick Rose would be a Top-3 player today had he not gotten injured.

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