New coach rises above other candidates
All eyes were on the chimney at 1265 Lombardi Ave.
Then the green and gold smoke came out signaling a new coach had been selected.
Mark Murphy has gone with offense at the end of this process. And, as you know, you have to trust the process.
Matt LaFleur was the big winner. The Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator is considered an offensive innovator. Well, he’ll have to be innovative if DeShone Kizer (Brett Hundley Part Deaux) has to take snaps next season.
A lot of guys tossed their headsets into the ring, but LaFleur beat ’em all. Some people thought with a name like LaFleur, he should be applying to coach the Montreal Canadiens.
And others thought the odds of him becoming the new coach of the Green Bay Packers were about as good as you having your Christmas decorations down by now.
So lets take a look at the lineup LaFleur beat out, shall we?
And, more importantly, why they lost. Josh McDaniels: Many thought he was the front-runner. He never lost a game in Indianapolis. But if he got sworn in, Tim Tebow probably would have been Green Bay’s starting quarterback next season.
Adam Gase: He brought Jay Cutler out of retirement. That really didn’t look good on his resume.
Pat Fitzgerald: This fellow would rather keep coaching smart young men at Northwestern. He could have made more money yelling at guys who make boneheaded plays all the time.
Chuck Pagano: He’s an old-school coach. Apparently Murphy didn’t want to see the Packers run the single-wing.
Jim Caldwell: He’s a consultant to the revived XFL. Despite that connection, the Packers probably couldn’t get “He Hate Me.”
Brian Flores: He’s a defensive guy. After watching film of the Packers’ pass rush, he may have withdrawn from the race.
Todd Monken: This man was Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator. That fact may have gotten lost in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s beard.
Dan Campbell: He has spent a lot of time in New Orleans. He wouldn’t have understood that Packers fans don’t serve Jambalaya, Muffulettas and Bananas Foster at their tailgate parties.
Mike Munchak: His career record is 22-26-0. OK, why is he linked to every coaching vacancy? Asking for a friend.
Pete Carmichael Jr.: Carmichael is the New Orleans offensive coordinator, but he doesn’t call the plays. That’s good work if you can get it.
Joe Philbin: Losing at home by 31 points to the Lions pretty much mathematically eliminated him.
Mike McCarthy: He had a shot at it. The Yankees rehired Billy Martin a zillion times, ya know.
Indianapolis at Kansas City: The Colts are hotter than a streaker in the Flaming Mountains of China. But Patrick Mahomes is hotter than that. Chiefs 38, Colts 20.
Los Angeles Chargers at New Eng- land: Never give Bill Belichick two weeks to pick out a hoodie. Patriots 24, Chargers 21.
Dallas at Los Angeles Rams: Ezekiel Elliott can tote the hogbladder. The Rams can’t stop anyone who can do that. As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” Cowboys 35, Rams 30.
Philadelphia at New Orleans: Nick Foles may be Mr. January, but Drew Brees will still be playing in February. Saints 38, Eagles 27.
Steve Rosenbloom, former Chicago Tribune columnist: “Is the Ryan Pace who guaranteed Cody Parkey $9 million the same Ryan Pace who’s supposed to be Executive of the Year?”...
Norman Chad, syndicated columnist: “If they used replay in 1776, we might still be under British rule.”...
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “For a few moments last Sunday, it was like the 49ers and the Raiders, playing 1,630 miles apart, were living in parallel universes. Call it the Murky Way. In the second quarter of the games being played simultaneously, the 49ers trailed the Rams, 21-3, in Los Angeles and had committed four turnovers, and the Raiders trailed, 21-3, at Kansas City and had committed four turnovers. Synchronized suckage.”...
Dennis Miller, funnyman: “Baltimore’s game plan was so conservative, John Harbaugh threatened to shut down the wild card game if Roger Goodell doesn’t build a border wall.”
Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Chargers guard Forrest Lamp gave each of his teammates — drum roll, please — lamps for Christmas. Unfortunately for the Packers, Davon House didn’t think of it first.”...
Pablo Torre of ESPN, not impressed with the Lions coach boasting a degree in aeronautical engineering: “Matt Patricia seems to belong to the Wile E. Coyote school of rocket science.”...
Steelers tight end Jesse James on all the drama surrounding the team this season: “Ah man, we are — Kardashians.”
From Packer Plus wire reports and other news sources. Send emails to [email protected]nalsentinel.com
White smoke is blown out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, when a new Pope is elected. The Packers chose their 15th head coach from a long list of applicants on Monday afternoon.