Matt LaFleur’s Offensive Strategy for the Packers: Lean Into the Run Game

The Packers head coach addressed QB Jordan Love’s development, the team’s defense, and youthful receiving corps.

Matthew Fanizza
August 8, 2023

In a recent interview during SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Training Camp Tour, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, who’s entering his 15th season as a coach, addressed the development of quarterback Jordan Love, the team’s defense, and the youthful receiving corps.

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Jordan Love:

When asked about the quarterback position, specifically the transition from a future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a young developing talent in Jordan Love, LaFleur expressed confidence in Love’s growth over the past three years. “Jordan’s been here for three years already and it’s been fun to watch him grow, not only as a football player, but as a man,” said LaFleur. “There’s something that happens each and every day that gives us a lot of confidence and he’s being very intentional for us specifically on the offensive side of the ball.”

Matt LaFleur emphasized the need to get the other offensive players up to speed with Love. Last season, Jordan Love appeared in four games and completed 14 of 21 passes (66.7 pct.) for 195 yards and a TD with no INTs for a 112.2 rating. LaFleur said, “One of the keys is how can we get everybody around him to get up to speed because he has more experience than any of the receivers, than any of the tight ends… how can we get them up to speed and get everybody on the same page?”

Offensive Alignment:

LaFleur also highlighted the team’s talented offensive line and the advantage of having skillful running backs like Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. With a young receiving corps, the Packers intend to lean into their run game and use it as a foundation for their offensive strategies.

“That’s something that I think is probably not going to be a secret to many,” said LaFleur. “We’re gonna have to lean into that run game, especially probably early on and have the compliments to it so we can keep a defense off balance.”

Defensive Strategy:

Transitioning to the defensive side of the ball, LaFleur discussed the collaboration with defensive coordinator Joe Barry and their efforts to develop a cohesive game plan. He stressed the importance of understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their defensive scheme to keep opponents guessing.

“I’m always gonna tell it to our defensive coaches through an offensive lens. That’s my strength,” said LaFleur. “So, I gotta tell him how I see it, how you can poke holes in [the defense]… as an offensive guy, you can poke a hole through every defense just like a defensive guy can [an offense]… there’s no such thing as a perfect offense or a perfect defense.”

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