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Colin Cowherd on Matt LaFleur Extension: 'I Don't Think He's a Great Coach'

Colin Cowherd: “The Packers extended the contract of their coach Matt Lafleur. I always kind of struggle with this: is he a great coach? He’s winning a really, really bad division with a Hall of Fame quarterback. He handles Aaron Rodgers generationally better than Mike McCarthy did, and Green Bay is never willing to pay top of the market, so I think he’s as good as Green Bay is going to get. There are four absolutely great coaches in the league that if you have one of these coaches, you have a coaching advantage virtually every week… Belichick, Shanahan, McVay, and Andy Reid. Then there are four or five other people that I think are really strong – Vrabel, Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Sean McDermott. Those eight are kind of the standard. I don’t put LaFleur in that. I put him in the Zac Taylor space which is… ehhh, is it him or the quarterback? [Aaron Rodgers/Justin Herbert]. The last time Matt LaFleur was in a game, he’s an offensive coach, he had Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, very good o-line, excellent tight ends, and they generated ONE touchdown at home and none in the second half. Again, he’s winning a crappy division, and let’s talk about the previous year in the playoffs in big boy football. They were HORRIBLE situationally against the Buccaneers at home as a favorite. His first year they were 18th in the NFL in offense and not very good after half. Is he a great coach or is it Aaron? All I hear is how Lamar Jackson is ‘not trustable’ in the postseason and he ‘can’t win the big game.’ Lamar Jackson is 37-12 in the regular season and 1-3 in the playoffs. Matt LaFleur is 39-10 in the regular season and 2-3 in the playoffs. He ain’t the same coach when he faces the best coaches. Is Matt LaFleur a great coach? I don’t think he is. I think he wins a bad division, he has an unbelievable first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback, but I saw his first year – 18th in offense with THAT lineup in THAT crappy division, the second year I saw that situational meltdown at home against Tampa, and last year I saw one touchdown against the Niners. Weren’t the Titans the no. 1 seed in the AFC last year after LaFleur left? Arthur Smith stepped in and they were fine.”

Watch Colin Cowherd discuss Matt LaFleur’s new contract extension with the Packers, and explain why he doesn’t consider LaFleur a ‘great’ coach by any means despite his 39-10 regular season record in three seasons with the Packers.

Check out the segment above as Colin details why LaFleur’s boisterous 39-10 record is pretty worthless when you see he’s only 2-3 in the playoffs, and riding the coattails of the NFL’s back-to-back MVP winner, Aaron Rodgers in the league’s worst division.

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