The Green Bay Packers knocked off the last undefeated team in the NFL on Thursday Night Football with a late-game victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Much has been said about Aaron Rodgers since being named NFL MVP in January.
He has been forthright about his frustrations with the organization; many of those issues seem to stem with the front office.
One person he cannot have issues with is his young head coach, Matt LaFleur, who is off to the races in his first 40 games as the Packers head coach.
LaFleur’s Coaching Milestone
Matt LaFleur, 41, has been the Packers head coach since 2019.
Green Bay is his first head coaching stint.
Quietly and methodically LaFleur has done a lot of winning in the past two and half seasons.
The Thursday night win gave LaFleur his 33rd regular-season victory as a head coach.
His record is now 33-7.
Matt LaFleur has a 33-7 regular record as #Packers head coach.
How impressive is that? No coach in the Super Bowl era has more wins through their first 40 games than Matt LaFleur. pic.twitter.com/yaQcF1TsLd
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 29, 2021
LaFleur Is In Good Company
Most wins by a head coach in his first 40 games in @NFL history:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 29, 2021
Having his name mentioned with legends like Guy Chamberlain and Paul Brown is truly impressive.
Chamberlain was a player and coach in the Jim Thorpe era who wore both hats at the same time at points during his career from 1919 to 1927.
He is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Chamberlain retired from the NFL with a record of 58-16-7 record in six years.
His winning percentage (with a minimum of 50 wins) at .759 is the highest of any coach in NFL history.
Browns’ legacy with the Cleveland Browns is perhaps more well known than Chamberlain’s coaching history.
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Brown worked as a coach and executive with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.
He is a member of both teams’ Rings of Honor.
Brown finished with a coaching record of 159-80-5; a .665 winning percentage in 244 games coached.
Back To LaFleur
Chances are LaFleur is not focusing on his winning percentage or these comparisons with Chamberlain and Brown.
He wants to win and win now.
The issues with Aaron Rodgers in the offseason have made winning while Rodgers is still a member of the Packers the utmost priority.
At 7-1, the Packers appear to be on their way in 2021.