What a year it has been for the Green Bay Packers this season! With only one loss on their records going into week 9, it’s clear that the team from Lambeau Field is in it to win it. Whether you are one of the passionate cheesehead fans who make it out to the stadium for every home game or a fan who just loves great football action, you won’t be disappointed by seeing the Packers defend their turf. This team has a strong lineup with players like Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and David Bakhtiari electrifying the crowd the moment they hit the field. The team also has the leadership of head coach Matt LaFleur who has already shown his skill by guiding the team to winning the first season game against the Bears, a feat not done since Vince Lombardi in 1959. All this points to the Green Bay Packers having everything they need to go the distance and fight for a spot in post-season play.
Just imagine, you could enjoy the best in Greenbay Packers football action alongside over 81,000 fans who are all eager and ready to make the stadium shake with the roar of fans at every touchdown, interception, and hard-fought yard down the field. The Greenbay Packers may be at their very best in recent years and everyone knows that a team fights hardest at their home stadium. So why settle for watching the game at home when you can catch every dramatic moment that will keep you glued to your seat. Don’t miss out on the best football opportunity for the 2019 season.
Go! You Packers, Go!
The Greenbay Packers are known for many things: The most hardcore fans in the league, a distinctive yellow and green uniform, and for having the first professional American Football fight song in the country. The song, “Go! You Packers Go!” was written by Eric Karll, who had prior experience writing commercial jingles in Milwaukee. The song was first played at a Packers game by the Lumberjack Band in 1931. The song’s rights were once held by Lawrence Welk, who recorded a version of the song. Later, in 1960, the NFL Marching Band recorded the song for their LP National Football League Marching Songs, even featuring an introduction by Bart Starr, the then Packers’ quarterback. In 1992, the Packers taped a version of the song that players after Packer’s player introductions at Lambeau Field and whenever the team scores an extra point. Later, in 2011, Madera Music released a CD album of Go! You Packers Go!, which was the first recorded version containing the lyrics. This CD is available at various online outlets.
The history of this fight song has led to “Go! You Packers, Go!” becoming the team’s de facto motto and cheer that the fans shouted to root for the boys in green and yellow. But lately, fans have shortened it to Go Pack Go! Rumor has it that O. Smet, a Green Bay local, came up with the chant at a local Nicolet, but there hasn’t been any proof to confirm that.
What matters to fans is that the Packers brought fight songs into professional football and has kept the tradition going for nearly as long as the team has been around. Now, that the team is celebrating its 100th year of play, we can all shout “Go, Pack Go!”
Why Matt LaFleur is the Perfect Choice for head coach
This season’s work with the Greenbay Packers is Matt LaFleur’s first stint as a head coach and it has already shown himself to be a capable coach. Going into week 8, he stands at a strong 6-1 record with their only loss against the Eagles at a very low point difference. While some sportswriters wonder how LaFleur was able to make such a splash on the scene, long-time fans and sports buffs will tell you that LaFleur is experienced in leadership roles.
His coaching career began in 2003 when he served Saginaw Valley State, his alma mater, as an offensive graduate assistant. He was also serving as a substitute teacher in local high schools because of his clear interest in guidance and skill at managing and molding young minds. After his stint with his alma mater, LaFleur moved to Central Michigan University where he assisted the offensive staff in 2004 and 2005. He would later coach quarterbacks and receivers at Northern Michigan University and became Ashland University’s offensive coordinator in 2007.
In 2008, LaFleur was hired by the Houston Texans as an offensive assistant, where he worked with wide receivers and quarterbacks and developed his famous close relationship with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. This friendship led to Shanahan helping LaFleur join the Washington Redskins to coach quarterbacks in 2010 after Shanahan’s father was hired by the team. LaFleur’s noted successes were his work in mentoring rookies Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. After six years with the team, LaFleur returned to college football to become Notre Dame’s quarterbacks’ trainer.
Following this, LaFleur moved on to join the Atlanta Falcons as quarterbacks’ coach under his friend offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2015. The following year, LaFleur coached Matt Ryan who went on to win the NFL MVP, as well as helping to guide the Falcons to Super Bowl LI, where they lost to the Patriots in overtime. LaFleur then joined the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 where he worked as an offensive coordinator under head coach Sean McVay, who he previously worked with during his time with the Washington Redskins. On January 30, 2018, LaFleur left the Rams to take the same position with the Tennessee Titans joining Mike Vrabel. There, he had a promotion as he had the opportunity to call the plays for the team where he and the Titans were later ranked as the 25th best offense in the NFL.
With all of his experience serving and empowering offenses, it’s easy to see why Green Bay was more than happy to welcome LaFleur as head coach. Not only did he start strong with a 2-2 preseason record, but he has surpassed all expectations and has an excellent record so far with the team. LaFleur is a worthy addition to the Packers family.