Matt LaFleur Approval Rating Lands Him Shockingly Low on List of NFL Head Coaches

Tristan Jung
Packers coach Matt LaFleur was hired in 2019.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur was hired in 2019. / Harry How/Getty Images

After one year in charge of the Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur still has plenty to prove. Despite making the NFC Championship Game, he will need to earn the trust of Packers fans after a controversial NFL Draft and a resounding loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Matt LaFleur Approval Rating 2020

A recent poll on surveyed 124 fans from the /r/greenbaypackers subreddit to determine LaFleur's approval rating as of the 2020 offseason. With a rating of 80.65 percent, LaFleur ranks 25th among the 31 coaches involved in the survey. That's not ideal, although there's a huge drop-off from LaFleur in 25th a familiar face in Matt Nagy and then Doug Marrone (72.41 percent and 57.45 percent, respectively).

It may seem strange for Packers fans to be upset after their first-year head coach went 13-3 and made the postseason for the first time since 2016, but recent head-scratching decisions are clearly to blame. Instead of addressing the Packers' obvious need for wide receivers to help Aaron Rodgers, the Packers traded up to take quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. With their second-round pick, the Packers selected A.J. Dillon, another confusing choice given how good running back Aaron Jones has been.

Putting a legendary quarterback and the team's starting running back under pressure with successors rather than taking a wide receiver or potential defensive starter did not go over well. While much of this can be put at the feet of general manager Brian Gutekunst, LaFleur had to be part of the decision.

In addition, there is a sense among Packers fans that the team underachieved last year, as they were always major underdogs to win the Super Bowl and snuck into the No. 2 seed thanks to a tiebreaker scenario. Oddsmakers are already down on their chances in 2020 though, putting them as 12th-favorites at +2500 on FanDuel Sportsbook. While that may seem a bit harsh for the prohibitive NFC North favorites, LaFleur's opinion poll suggests that fans are not optimistic going forward.

LaFleur will have an opportunity to prove the doubters wrong in 2020. He still has the vast majority of fans on his side, so another successful year will put him above question. However, a bad season in Green Bay could quickly tank his standing.

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