Green Bay Packers: Is Mike McDaniel the Best Choice for OC?
This has been a busy few days for the Green Bay Packers, with the selection and hiring of Matt LaFleur to the press conference yesterday. LaFleur now moves on to evaluating and building his coaching staff. Reports are circulating that Mike Pettine has agreed to stick around for another season as the Defensive Coordinator. There have also been some whispers that Joe Philbin will stick around in some capacity. While I believe the best role for him would be Assistant Head Coach to be there to help with LaFleur’s transition to the big dog, there are no reports about what his exact role would be within the coaching staff.
I believe LaFleur’s first focus should be on hiring his Offensive Coordinator, and after doing extensive research, I believe the best candidate for the job is Mike McDaniel. Currently, McDaniel is the Run Game Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers under Kyle Shanahan. This would be a great fit for the following reasons. First, he comes from the same Shanahan coaching tree that LaFleur is from, working under the father in 2005 when he was a Coaching Intern under Mike Shanahan. McDaniels met Matt in Houston when they worked under Gary Kubiak and then they both ended up at the Redskins where McDaniel served as an Offensive Assistant and Wide Receivers Coach.
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These are just a few stops in his time with the Shanahan family. McDaniel worked with both Kyle Shanahan and Matt Lafleur in Atlanta. He followed Kyle to the 49ers when he was named head coach. All of this speaks to McDaniel knowing the offensive style that LaFleur is going to want to run in Green Bay. Secondly, he is a young sharp mind who is looking to make the leap in his career. Thirdly, there is a friendship there which translates to trust and not being afraid to give a dissenting opinion when it’s warranted.
As the move to make Matt Lafleur the head coach, making Mike McDaniel the Offensive Coordinator would be a leap for his career. We all know that LaFleur is going to call the plays, but bring up a young offensive mind to challenge and help with the creativity in the offense may be what solidifies the schemes that Green Bay will deploy on the field. Adaptability is the name of the game in this current NFL atmosphere and having a deep coaching connection like this one is an invaluable asset to a team.
I really like this concept, it’s intriguing and risky, to say the least. Nonetheless, after the same ole of the past few years, I think Green Bay Packer fans are ready for a bit of excitement and uncertainty with this offense this coming season. I look at it as GO BIG OR GO HOME.
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