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Former Billings Outlaw quarterback named head coach of Green Bay Packers

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 10:24:11-05
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GREEN BAY, Wisc. – Matt LaFleur, who started at quarterback for the Billings Outlaws during part of the 2004 National Indoor Football League season, will become the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports including ESPN and the NFL Network.

LaFleur, 39, was the offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans this past season, and held the same position with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, though he did not call plays for the Rams – head coach Sean McVay did. LaFleur was previously on the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins staffs.

According to the ESPN report, the Packers zeroed in on LaFleur after interviewing 10 candidates. Former head coach Mike McCarthy was fired in December in the middle of his 13th year in charge of the team.

LaFleur played college football at Western Michigan and Saginaw Valley State, before joining the Omaha Beef of the NIFL in 2003. He then signed with the Outlaws in May 2004, playing at least one game against Omaha, throwing six touchdown passes in a 57-50 win. LaFleur retired after the season, focusing full-time on his coaching career.