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How Kyle Shanahan's 49ers offense impressed Packers' Aaron Rodgers in 2018

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How Kyle Shanahan's 49ers offense impressed Packers' Aaron Rodgers in 2018

The 49ers lost to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season, but they did win an admirer. 

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told NBC Sports' Chris Simms at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe last week that he was very impressed by Kyle Shanahan's playcalling.

"The stuff they did against us this year ... was unbelievable," Rodgers told Simms on a recent episode of "Unbuttoned" released this week. "You watch on the sidelines going, 'that's pretty cool.'"

San Francisco was without starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo after he tore his ACL in Week 3, but nearly outlasted the Packers in a 33-30 shootout in a cold Monday night matchup on Oct. 15. The 49ers led 30-23 with 13:08 remaining, but Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers Things and marched the Packers 58 yards and 81 yards, respectively, on two scoring drives sandwiched by a costly C.J. Beathard interception. It was one of the team's most prolific games all season, as the 49ers combined for their fifth-highest total yards (401) and their third-most points of the season. 

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The Packers will travel to Levi's Stadium in Week 12 on Nov. 24, and the rematch could contain more fireworks on offense. Rodgers mentioned Shanahan, Simms' former teammate at the University of Texas-Austin and his longtime friend, after discussing his excitement playing in new coach Matt LaFleur's offensive scheme. LaFleur, who is replacing Mike McCarthy, coached with Shanahan in Washington and with the Atlanta Falcons, and LaFleur's brother Mike is the 49ers' wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. 

If Garoppolo's healthy and LaFleur and Rodgers click on the opposing sideline, another high-scoring classic could be in the cards. 

Matt LaFleur addresses Kyle Shanahan not allowing him to hire brother

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Matt LaFleur addresses Kyle Shanahan not allowing him to hire brother

INDIANAPOLIS — Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur did not intend on trying to take away one of Kyle Shanahan’s top assistant coaches.

And, ultimately, Shanahan did not let him.

LaFleur contacted the 49ers about hiring his younger brother, Mike LaFleur, to become Packers offensive coordinator.

When asked Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine how that conversation went with Shanahan, LaFleur answered, “Obviously, it didn’t go very well.”

The 49ers denied permission for LaFleur to hire his brother, who remained under contract with the 49ers. Mike LaFleur is the 49ers passing game coordinator.

LaFleur said hiring his brother was not part of his plan when he interviewed with the Packers — and was announced as the team’s surprise hire.

“It really wasn’t something I anticipated leading up to the interview because I didn’t know how the Packers would take it,” LaFleur said “I got a lot of respect for my brother and I know he does a great job and I think that’s the reason they didn’t want to let him out of San Francisco.

“I think in the end it’s probably going to work out for the better for both of us.”

LaFleur said he believes Shanahan struggled with denying the brothers an opportunity to work with each other — for now.

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“He’s done a lot for myself and my brother throughout our careers. Certainly, I know that kind of tugged on his heartstrings a little bit,” LaFleur said

“He (Shanahan) had the opportunity to coach with his with his father in Washington for the four years we were together I know it wasn’t easy on him (to deny permission).”

Mike LaFleur expected to stay with 49ers after Packers hire brother

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Mike LaFleur expected to stay with 49ers after Packers hire brother

Matt LaFleur, who worked under 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan in stops in Houston, Washington and Atlanta, was hired Monday as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports.

LaFleur’s younger brother, Mike, serves as the 49ers’ wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Mike LaFleur previously worked under Shanahan in Cleveland and Atlanta.

It is not believed the LaFleur brothers will reunite with the Packers at this stage of their careers. Mike LaFleur was given the title of a coordinator after last season, and appears to be happy as one of Shanahan’s top offensive assistants. He remains under contract to the 49ers beyond this season.

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Matt, 39, and Mike LaFleur, 31, worked together for two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Matt was the Falcons quarterbacks coach. He was hired as offensive coordinator on Sean McVay’s staff with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. After one season with the Rams, Matt LaFleur left to become Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator.

Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan in Cleveland in 2014 as a coaching intern – a position his brother, then an assistant at Notre Dame, accepted for him on his behalf. Mike LaFleur worked with wide receivers and tight ends during his two seasons in Atlanta as an offensive assistant, and left to join Shanahan's initial staff with the 49ers. He previously coached collegiately at Elmhurst, Saint Joseph’s and Davidson.