LaFleur will be youngest coach since Lam­beau

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Once his hir­ing is of­fi­cial, Matt LaFleur will be­come the sec­ond youngest head coach in the his­tory of the Green Bay Pack­ers.

LaFleur, who turned 39 years old in Novem­ber, will trail only Curly Lam­beau, a found­ing mem­ber of the Pack­ers who coached his first of­fi­cial game at the age of 21.

Since Lam­beau, the Pack­ers have not hired a head coach un­der the age of 40.

LaFleur will also be­come the third youngest coach in the NFL, trail­ing only Sean McVay and Kyle Shana­han, the two most prom­i­nent coaches he worked with as he as­cended through the coach­ing ranks.

LaFleur is only four years older than Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers, who turned 35 in De­cem­ber. The old­est player on the Pack­ers ros­ter is de­fen­sive back Tra­mon Wil­liams, who turns 36 in March.

A for­mer col­lege quar­ter­back, LaFleur spent five years as an as­sis­tant in the col­lege ranks be­fore land­ing a job as an of­fen­sive qual­ity con­trol as­sis­tant in Hous­ton with the Tex­ans. There, he met Shana­han, who brought him along to Wash­ing­ton and later to At­lanta as a quar­ter­backs coach. McVay even­tu­ally hired him as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in Los An­ge­les in 2017, set­ting up his op­por­tu­nity to be the play-caller i n Ten­nes­see t his past sea­son.

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Curly Lam­beau was 21 when he coached his first of­fi­cial game.

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