Opinion: Every newly hired NFL head coach still has at least one question left to answer

Six down, two to go.

This week brought a flurry of NFL coaching hires, with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins standing as the only teams left with vacancies. But outside of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ hiring of Bruce Arians, it’s hard to see many slam dunks just yet.

These things do often take time – if teams are willing to afford coaches that. But for now, more questions than answers loom over many of the franchises making moves.

I’ve spent the week talking to opposing coaches, team officials and current and former players to build an understanding of each hire and the questions that are still lingering.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Green Bay Packers – Matt LaFleur

The first to be hired this cycle, LaFleur has worked under some talented coaches, including Mike Shanahan, Gary Kubiak, Kyle Shanahan, Dan Quinn and Sean McVay. After one year as the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive coordinator, he jumped to the Tennessee Titans in 2018 so he could gain experience calling plays. 

Biggest question: Does he have what it takes to command the respect of Aaron Rodgers and other established veterans? Some around the league view him as talented but in need of…

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