The Green Bay Packers are NFC North champions once again with Matt LaFleur as head coach.
The 42-year-old joined the trend of young NFL head coaches when he was hired in 2019 and has only won since.
LaFleur went 13-3 in each of his first two seasons and both times his Packers fell in the NFC Championship Game.
Green Bay is 11-3 so far this year and atop the NFC.
That means LaFleur has set some NFL history, as shared by ESPN’s Field Yates.
Below is a complete list of NFL head coaches since 1970 to win more than 10 games and a division title in each of his first three seasons:
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— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 20, 2021
LaFleur had indeed won at least 10 games and a division title in his first three seasons.
But it would be foolish to pretend his star quarterback is not the main person to thank.
The Star In Green Bay
The Packers are perennial contenders because of Aaron Rodgers.
That is not some major secret.
It is true that the Packers had two losing seasons before LaFleur showed up.
Yet those followed eight consecutive winning seasons under Mike McCarthy.
Pointing this out is not done to take anything away from LaFleur and what he has accomplished.
Fans just won’t know how great of a coach he truly is until Rodgers is no longer around.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 20, 2021
LaFleur should be doing whatever it takes to make sure that reality doesn’t begin as soon as next season.
The Green Bay front office seems set on doing things their way, even if it is terrible timing.
Drafting Jordan Love was the first step in replacing Rodgers and one rough start from him in 2021 won’t change the plans.
However, a near mutiny by the rest of the organization could change some minds.
Packers fans are enjoying the current state of the franchise with the duo of Rodgers and LaFleur.
If the head coach can keep winning divisions without Rodgers, that is when he would become a true NFL legend.