Matt LaFleur’s decision to take the ball out of his quarterback’s hands is the latest example of the moment being too big for a coach in the waning minutes of a playoff game.
You’d probably have to go back to Super Bowl XLIX when Pete Carroll decided to throw the ball on the one-yard line without giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch to punch it in for the touchdown. Seattle has yet to get back to the Super Bowl since that season, and you could make the argument that the team won’t be able to start with a clean slate until they cut ties with Pete Carroll.
The same may have to be said about Matt LaFleur.
How can he go back in the locker room and looks his players in their eyes? How can Rodgers ever trust him or his ability to make the right decision when it matters most late in a ballgame?
LaFleur has to put the ball in the hands of his MVP quarterback in that spot on fourth down.
If Rodgers falls on his sword, then so be it.
At least he would have done so under his own volition without having to stand idly on the sidelines thinking about what could have been.
While this is LaFleur’s’ second year as a head coach and second year in the NFC Championship, the fact that it’s even being discussed whether he’s the right man to lead Green Bay further illuminates how egregious that coaching decision actually was.
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