Matt LaFleur has overseen lots of triumphes in his first 2 years as Green Bay Packers head coach, but his group’s Sunday night loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Champion– his 2nd title-game defeat in as numerous seasons– had a dreadful lot to do with his decision-making.
Sunday’s loss was not all on LaFleur.
LaFleur described after the game that while he is sorry for the decision didn’t pay off, he does not second-guess his preliminary thinking.
Trusting your defense is one thing. (And, hello, LaFleur had factor to believe in Mike Pettine’s unit amid a three-interception day by Brady.) However taking the ball out of Aaron Rodgers‘ hands and depending on both a fast stop and future touchdown within two minutes? Those aren’t precisely the dice you wish to be rolling in the final minutes of the NFC Champion. You feel about the analytics of the circumstance, it’s simply an injustice to Rodgers, his All-Pro No. 1 target in Davante Adams, and your whole offensive system– which spent all season dominating challengers up and down the field– to replace boldness for wishful thinking in crunch time.
Rodgers, for what it’s worth, made it clear after the game that he had no hand in the choice.
” I didn’t have a choice on that one,” he said. “That wasn’t my decision.