In the hours before the Green Bay Packers offered their coaching job to Matt LaFleur on Monday, his phone rang, and it was Aaron Rodgers on the other end.
"That's kind of how I had an idea that maybe I was in the running for it," LaFleur said.
Now, his job is to get Rodgers back to playing like a two-time MVP and former Super Bowl champion.
That was the focus of much of LaFleur's public introduction Wednesday at Lambeau Field. From a 42-minute introductory news conference to a 33-minute side session with beat writers to a one-on-one on-camera interview with ESPN, much of the talk was about how the 39-year-old first-time coach would work with the 35-year-old quarterback to put the Packers back in the playoffs after a two-year drought.
In fact, just before team president Mark Murphy turned the microphone over to his new hire, Murphy said: "All right Matt, it's been two long years here in Green Bay, we are ready to get back winning."
While Rodgers did not take part in interviews with any of the 10 candidates, it's believed the only phone call he made to a candidate during the process was to LaFleur.