The Green Bay Packers have gotten off to a 2-4 start this season, which has some Packers fans calling for head coach Matt LaFleur’s job.
Blaming Green Bay’s early 2023 struggles on Matt LaFleur seems a bit unfair all things considered.
Everyone knew going into the season that the Packers were in a transition year, as they were entering their first season without Aaron Rodgers under center since 2007 (and at that point, Brett Favre was the quarterback).
Green Bay also did not have a whole lot of elite talent heading into 2023, especially on the offensive side of the ball where the Packers were fielding a unit of entirely unproven wide receivers.
Plus, Green Bay has had to deal with significant injury issues on both sides of the football.
LaFleur has been at the helm for the Packers since 2019, and in his first three seasons, he won 13 games each time, leading Green Bay to three NFC North division titles.
Last year, the Packers went just 8-9, but even with Rodgers under center, it was blatantly obvious that Green Bay was not quite as talented as other top teams in the league.
Plus, we are only seven weeks into the 2023 campaign. There is still time for the Packers to turn things around, and given that Jordan Love is in his first season as the full-time starting quarterback, growing pains were obviously expected for LaFleur’s group.
Right now, Green Bay is certainly in a bit of a slump, as it has lost three straight games. Most recently, the Packers fell to the woeful Denver Broncos in Week 7, so the franchise has definitely seen better days.
That being said, it seems a bit premature to run a guy who has gone 49-23 over his first four-plus seasons as head coach out of town.
Green Bay will aim to get back on track when it takes on the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday.