Matt LaFleur Admits Conversation with Aaron Rodgers ‘Should Have Been Better’

Published 03/08/2021, 9:22 AM EST
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Head coach Matt LaFleur led the Green Bay Packers to the NFC North crown. Aaron Rodgers-led Packers were the top-seed in the NFC and secured a spot in the NFC Divisional Round Playoff with a 13-3 record in regular season. They comfortably defeated the NFC West franchise Los Angeles Rams by a 32-18 scoreline.

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In doing so, they set up a mouth-watering tie against Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game earlier this year. This was Rodgers’ NFC Game at Lambeau Field. However, some poor sideline calls and lack of communication between coach LaFleur and his star quarterback resulted in a humbling 26-31 defeat to the eventual Super Bowl LV winners.

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Matt LaFleur talks about his relationship with Aaron Rodgers

During the aforementioned Conference finale, at fourth-and-goal from the 8-yard-line, Packers HC Matt LaFleur opted for a 26-yard field goal to cut an 8-point deficit to 5 following three straight incomplete passes from QB Aaron Rodgers. He banked on his defense to come up with a turnover in the final quarter and take the game away from the Buccaneers.

But alas that was not meant to be, as the Packers ultimately fell short by 6 points. But coach LaFleur seems to have learned from that mistake as he vowed to improve on his conversation skills with Rodgers.

 

He said, “One thing you definitely learn: I know my communication with [Rodgers] should have been better in that situation. Maybe on that third down we do something a little bit different.”

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

“His mindset was, We got four downs here. It comes down to communication, and that’s something I gotta learn from and be better with him,” LaFleur said via Peter King on the Football Morning in America post.

The Packers are working hard to come back with a vengeance in 2021. Rodgers confirmed that he will be returning for the Wisconsin-based franchise this season. The NFC North big boys will look to improve upon their record from 2020 as they continue to tackle the NFC Championship curse.

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Can the reigning NFL MVP lead Green Bay to the Super Bowl before he departs in search of a new adventure?

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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