The Green Bay Packers are turning to fast-rising offensive whiz Matt La- Fleur to aid Aaron Rodgers and end a two-year absence from the postseason.
LaFleur reportedly accepted an offer Monday to become the next head coach of the Packers. Neither the Packers nor the Titans have announced the decision.
The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this season as offensive coordinator for the Titans, his first calling plays in the NFL. He takes over for Mike McCarthy, who was fired during the season following a stunning home loss to Arizona on Dec. 2.
Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin went 2-2 to close out the season as the Packers failed to reach the playoffs for the second straight year with a 6-9-1 record.
LaFleur was offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, leading a group that paced the NFL in scoring and was 10th in total offense under coach Sean McVay, who called the plays on offense. LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach in Atlanta for two seasons, including when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was the NFL MVP in 2016. LaFleur also has coached with Washington and Houston, and was the quarterbacks coach for Notre Dame in 2014.
The Packers mad the playoffs in nine of McCarthy's 12-plus seasons and he won one Super Bowl.
Koetter in running for Vikings' OC job
Former Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter is in the running for the Vikings' offensive coordinator job, according to a league source, although an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report said he been offered the position of Falcons offensive coordinator Monday night and Koetter may have accepted. Koetter, who interviewed with the Falcons over the weekend, could end up as the front-runner for the job in Atlanta, but he is in consideration for the Vikings' job as well, as the team explores its options. Interim coordinator Kevin Stefanski had a contract that expires Tuesday.
Koetter was the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville from 2007-11, and in Atlanta from 2012-14 before Tampa Bay hired him. He went 9-7 in his first season with the Buccaneers, before going 5-11 each of the past two years.
During his first two seasons in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers ranked eighth and seventh in number of rushing attempts per game, and the Jaguars were in the NFL's top five in rushing attempts three times with Koetter running the offense.
Kick ruled a block
Cody Parkey's missed 43-yard field goal in the final seconds that gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 upset win over the Chicago Bears in Sunday's wild-card playoff game was officially ruled a block by the NFL. Video showed Philadelphia's Treyvon Hester tipped the ball, which bounced off the upright and hit the crossbar.