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Two 49ers assistants in running for Packers OC position

The Green Bay Packers have their new head coach in Matt LaFleur. And now that LaFleur has been officially named as the Packers head coach, it’s now time for him to form his coaching staff. We know that LaFleur will keep Mike Pettine as the team’s defensive coordinator, but who will be running the offense?

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, the Packers have two candidates they are interested in for the position – Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur. McDaniel is the offense run game coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and Mike LaFleur, who is Matt’s brother, is the 49ers’ offense pass game coordinator. 

McDaniel has been coaching in the NFL since 2011 as he started as an offensive assistant for the Washington Redskins. He was then promoted to wide receivers coach in 2013 before joining the Cleveland Browns in 2014 for the same position. McDaniel spent the next two seasons as an offensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons and he then joined 49ers to be the run game coordiantor. In his two seasons with the 49ers, the team ranked 21st and 13th in the NFL when it comes to rushing offense.

Mike LaFleur first entered the NFL in 2014 as a coaching intern for the Cleveland Browns. He then joined the Falcons in 2015 and worked with the tight ends and wide receivers for two seasons. LaFleur joined McDaniel in San Francisco in 2017 to be the wide receivers coach/pass game coordinator. In his two seasons, the 49ers ranked ninth and 15th in passing offense. 

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No matter who the Packers bring in as offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur confirmed that he will be calling the plays in 2019. 

“I absolutely intend on calling the plays and certainly there are challenges in regards to that, certainly when you’re making adjustments when the defense is out there,” LaFleur said. “That’s why it’s so important to me to hire quality people around me because I’m going to need guys in those spots so that I can attend to whatever it is we’re doing on offense.”

Before being named the head coach of the Packers, LaFleur was the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and the Tennessee Titans in 2018. LaFleur did not call plays when he was with the Rams, but he got the opportunity to do it against the Titans and the team finished 25th in total offense as well as 29th in passing offense. 

Keep in mind that Titans QB Marcus Mariota was never healthy because he was dealing with neck and elbow while TE Delanie Walker missed the entire season with an injured ankle. Along with OL Jack Conklin missing seven games and the Titans having one of the 10 hardest schedules in the NFL, the LaFleur’s first season as a play-caller was not a failure, especially with the team finished the year seventh in the NFL in rushing offense. 

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