July 23, 2024

Green Bay Packers: After criticizing Matt LaFleur earlier this season, the former quarterback believes he should win NFL Coach of the Year.

Green Bay Packers: After criticizing Matt LaFleur earlier this season, the former quarterback believes he should win NFL Coach of the Year.

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Kurt Benkert spent just one season as a member of the Green Bay Packers and was never a starter.

The former UVA standout quarterback was promoted to the practice squad in December 2021 after Jordan Love was placed on the COVID-19 list the previous day. On December 12, he played just one play, twice kneeling the ball in the final seconds of a convincing victory over the Chicago Bears.

Benkert was released by the Green Bay Packers on June 17, 2022, despite having signed a reserve/future contract in January of that year.

Nevertheless, Benkert gained a great deal of insight that most people would never get from spending an entire season in the quarterback room with Aaron Rodgers, Love, and learning about head coach Matt LaFleur’s behind-the-scenes coaching style.

“Today, I would like to thank Matt LaFleur. The team is playing at a championship caliber thanks to his willingness to adjust and modify his play calling over the past few weeks, according to Benkert.

“It is now very clear how much faith he has placed in Jordan on crucial third and fourth downs as well as in the red zone. I’ve undoubtedly been critical of him when I thought it was appropriate, and I’ll be just as quick to point out that he’s currently coaching the best ball of his life with the NFL’s youngest team.

“I’d like to thank Matt LaFleur today. All of the players on the team are performing at a championship caliber thanks to his willingness to adjust and modify his play calling over the past few weeks, Benkert added.

“It’s clear now how much faith he has in Jordan on crucial third and fourth downs in addition to the red zone. It goes without saying that I have criticized him when I thought it was appropriate, but I will also be the first to point out that he is currently coaching the best ball of his life with the NFL’s newest team.

Those are reasonable criticisms and a distinct viewpoint from someone who spent a year in the building. Benkert then went above and beyond in his compliments for the Packers’ coach.

“With the turnaround this team has experienced, he should be in discussions for coach of the year.”

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