When the Packers hired him in January, he was a 39-year-old, first-time head coach with an open mind.
“It’s not like I came in with a mindset of, ‘I want to be this guy or that guy,'” LaFleur told ESPN.com this week, days after he became the first head coach in Packers history to make the playoffs in his first season.
“It happens organically. You’ve got to be true to yourself. You’ve got to know who you are as a person, what you’re strong at and what you’re maybe not as good at, and just be honest with yourself but also be willing to be accountable.”
Perhaps that’s what went through his mind when custom football jerseys Tonyan approached the sideline.
Twenty-four NFL teams are already onto the offseason, with eight others still competing for the most prized possession in the sport: the Lombardi trophy.
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He also has a long history with Brady. Yes, McDaniels struggled at Denver, going 11-17 before being fired. But he didn’t have a quality starting quarterback, inheriting Kyle Orton and drafting Tim Tebow. McDaniels and Brady won six Super Bowls together, including one over the Panthers after the 2003 season. Should McDaniels choose the Browns, it’s unlikely Brady would follow him with Baker Mayfield in the fold in Cleveland. The Panthers arguably make the most sense if they want to be a package deal.
Peyton meets up with his greatest rival, Tom Brady, to hit golf balls off Jim Nantz’s home and reminisce about their epic battles. Watch on ESPN+
Brady, 42, didn’t have a lot of weapons at his disposal as the Patriots made a first-round exit in the playoffs. The Carolina Panthers have weapons but need a healthy, dependable quarterback.
The Panthers also need a coach, and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is set to interview with team officials on Tuesday. He could be a good fit, since owner David Tepper appears focused on bringing in a young, offense-minded, NFL coordinator.