In 2018, the Titans offense ranked seventh in rushing, 29th in passing and 27th in scoring (19.4 points per game), missing the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
None of that bothered the Packers, who hired Titans playcaller and run their offense.
A former Division II and Arena League quarterback (he once suited up for the Omaha Beef!), LaFleur has been indoctrinated into the West Coast offense in his 10 years of NFL experience, working under Gary Kubiak, Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay. It's the same type of offense Aaron Rodgers has been in his entire career, which is probably one big reason LaFleur got the job.
Above all, the Packers are hoping LaFleur injects some creativity into what became a stale offense. Not that the Titans were wildly creative under LaFleur. They attempted the fewest deep-ball throws, according to Sports Info Solutions (42, with 34 by Mariota), and finished 30th in completions of 20-plus yards. Quarterback issues and Derrick Henry's late-season breakout changed how LaFleur called games -- they were actually close to 60 percent pass through the first 12 weeks, but once Henry got going, LaFleur flew to the other end of the spectrum and ran the ball just over 51 percent of the time. These wildly different results are hidden in their season-long ratio of 48.4 percent run/51.6 percent pass.
This was the only season LaFleur called plays in the NFL, so it's probably not a fair representation of LaFleur as a playcaller. If anything, it shows that he's resourceful, even when things don't go his way, like when his quarterback deals with on-again, off-again nerve damage in his hand. He didn't run nearly as much no-huddle as his teams did when he was on Sean McVay's Rams staff, or in Atlanta when he helped aid Kyle Shanahan. He's also a big proponent of play-action passing and getting his quarterback on the move, two things Rodgers has thrived in.
Fantasy owners shouldn't have any fear of LaFleur hampering Rodgers. Yeah, the Packers intend to run the ball a little more than in the past and there have been headlines about these two butting heads over changing plays. But you should have confidence in LaFleur making Rodgers as happy and comfortable as possible ... because he's a moron if he doesn't. We're talking about Aaron Rodgers here. A genuine legend. Let him do his thing.
With that thinking, it's safe to consider Rodgers among the first four quarterbacks taken in every league.
Don't expect radical changes when it comes to Davante Adams, but do expect radical numbers. He's been Rodgers' No. 1 receiver over the past couple of years and that's a good spot to be in. Adams ranked as the most consistent receiver in Fantasy this past season and can line up anywhere on the field. LaFleur is going to have fun utilizing him. He's a first-round pick.
LaFleur will also make some interesting choices with where his others receivers play. Geronimo Allison looks like a tailor-made fit as a tall slot receiver in the mold of Cooper Kupp or Mohamed Sanu (two guys LaFleur used to coach). That puts him squarely in the mid-round Fantasy radar. And if he sticks there, and Adams moves all over the formation, there's really only one other spot open for a receiver to garner interest. Minicamp reports suggested Marquez Valdes-Scantling's was the third man, and he brings some intrigue with his height and speed.
When the offseason started, Jimmy Graham was a salary-cap casualty candidate. He's still there, proof enough to recognize that LaFleur has plans for him. Tight ends have traditionally been contributors in West Coast offenses, and LaFleur leaned on his tight ends to grab 23 percent of the Titans' passes in 2018 (and that's with Delanie Walker barely playing). Maybe, just maybe, the Packers can squeeze one more year out of Graham, but early-season matchups against the Bears and Vikings could really slow him down to start the season.
It took LaFleur 12 games to finally use Henry the right way, which isn't to say he didn't try earlier in the year. He just didn't succeed, and it led to Dion Lewis getting more chances with mixed results. The Packers might try and hint at some kind of competition between Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, but every sign points to Jones being the favored back of the two. He's certainly more explosive and can be used all over the field. It's possible LaFleur thinks of Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman, two running backs he worked with, when he deploys Jones. That makes the third-year rusher very appealing, even if he's got some injury concerns. Someone will take a chance on him in Round 3, while Williams (3.7 yards per carry through two years) will be the "other guy" who'll get chosen in the double-digit rounds.
Williams isn't the only guy behind Jones. In fact, he's not the only Williams -- the Packers drafted Dexter Williams, a versatile zone-scheme runner who could push for playing time with a good camp. Like Jones, he's better in a do-it-all role rather than slamming it in there behind his offensive line, but he has potential.
While it's not right to expect LaFleur to perform like his previous mentors, it's also not right to expect doldrums based on the Titans' blah 2018. It is a little daunting to trust a Year 2 playcaller at the Packers' helm with Aaron Rodgers and his decade-plus of experience under center, but it's OK to be optimistic that their relationship will turn out just fine. Fantasy numbers will follow.