News and Rumors: Zook is out, McCarthy enters chill mode, LaFleur is officially introduced
Special teams coordinator Ron Zook will not return:
No real surprise here, but the Packers will not retain special teams coordinator Ron Zook. New coach Matt LaFleur will have a new special teams coach, per a league source.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 10, 2019
Can confirm that #Packers ST coord. Ron Zook has been relieved of his duties. Last we spoke, he was at peace with his future:
“I want to keep coaching if that allows me. But if it doesn’t, I’ll do something. I feel very comfortable with where I’m at in life and what I’m doing.”
— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) January 10, 2019
More leeway for LaFleur to come in and make some needed changes. Speaking of Matt LaFleur, he was formally introduced as new the Packers head coach:
Been told that #Packers coach Matt LaFleur's contract averages between $5-5.5M a year. It's four years with a five-year option. The #Packers owe Mike McCarthy around $9 million in 2019, so depending on LaFleur's structure, they'll be paying out about $14M in head coach salary.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) January 10, 2019
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 10, 2019
“After two long years, we are ready to get back to winning.” – Murphy
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be an NFL head coach, but to be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, it is surreal, and I am extremely humbled. To follow in the footsteps of Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren, Mike McCarthy, it’s truly an honor. My philosophy is to lead, teach and inspire, not just our football players but everyone in this building. We will be process driven in our pursuit of bringing a Lombardi Trophy back here to Green Bay.” – LaFleur
Read more about LaFleur with our bio here. He obviously must have wowed management with his enthusiasm and passion during his interview for them to wrap the process up relatively quickly. Love it or hate it, he is our guy.
Mike McCarthy is going to take the year off after not getting the Jets job:
With the #Jets job off the table, Mike McCarthy told me he’s sitting out this season — and his wife and kids started cheering at dinner when he told them. “Family excited about dad at home for 2019. That’s all that matters as we both know.” He’ll prepare and be ready for 2020.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 10, 2019
He was our guy but now he is no one’s guy. Enjoy time with your family, Mike.