Matt Lafleur

NFL rumors: 49ers extend coveted assistant Mike LaFleur's contract

NFL rumors: 49ers extend coveted assistant Mike LaFleur's contract

Mike LaFleur reportedly is sticking around in Santa Clara. 

LaFleur signed a contract extension with the 49ers to remain their passing game coordinator, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported hours before Super Bowl LIV, citing a league source. Schefter didn't clarify how long LaFleur's extension is. 

The Cleveland Browns reportedly were interested in hiring LaFleur -- or 49ers run game coordinator -- Mike McDaniel as offensive coordinator, but the Browns reportedly hired former Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt to that position last week. It's unclear if Van Pelt or Stefanski will call plays for the Browns in 2020, but the 49ers reportedly were "unlikely" to allow LaFleur to go to Cleveland.

The 49ers previously didn't allow LaFleur to interview for the Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator position as he wouldn't have called plays under Mike LaFleur, his brother and Green Bay's head coach.  

“I have so much respect for [49ers coach Kyle Shanahan]," LaFleur said of not joining the Packers on The 49ers Insider Podcast in November. "I love being here. I love working here. I love living in this area. It was really a non-story for me."

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LaFleur has coached under Shanahan with the Browns, Atlanta Falcons and now with the 49ers. 

Shanahan himself reportedly is in line for an extension this summer. If LaFleur isn't promoted to a play-calling coordinator position elsewhere, he could continue to work with Shanahan for some time.

49ers' dominance of Packers has Za'Darius Smith searching for solution

49ers' dominance of Packers has Za'Darius Smith searching for solution

The 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers during the regular season, and followed that up with arguably an even more impressive performance in the NFC Championship Game. San Francisco led Green Bay 23-0 at halftime in Week 12 on its way to a 37-8 win. The Packers added 12 points to their final total in the NFC Championship Game, but the 49ers put that one away by halftime, too, leading 27-0 after two quarters.

Days after San Francisco clinched its trip to Miami to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur lamented his team's lack of urgency and toughness in the playoff loss at Levi's Stadium. A few days ahead of the big game, Packers Pro-Bowl edge rusher Za'Darius Smith echoed a similar sentiment of regret and didn't deflect the blame.

"We didn’t come ready to play," Smith said during an appearance on PFT Live. "I don’t know if everybody was sleeping, but I can tell you for myself that I wasn’t ready to play either. ... We weren’t ready to play football."

In addition to both matchups with San Francisco, Green Bay made one other trip out to the West Coast this past season, a 26-11 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9. That means that over the three games the Packers played in the Pacific time zone in 2019, they were outscored 100-39 and outgained by an average of 133 total yards per contest. Sensing a theme, Smith mentioned it might be a good idea for Green Bay to reconsider its travel schedule for games on the West Coast moving forward.

Looking ahead, the Packers will play only one regular-season road game in the Pacific time zone next year.

Guess who the opponent is?

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That's right. The defending NFC -- and potentially Super Bowl LIV -- champions.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (8:30 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday).

Also tune in at 1 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday for a two-hour special of "49ers Pregame Live" with Laura Britt, Donte Whitner, Jeff Garcia, Ian Williams, Kelli Johnson, Greg Papa and Grant Liffmann. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on "49ers Postgame Live," starting immediately after the game.

Matt LaFleur slams Packers for lack of urgency, toughness vs. 49ers

Matt LaFleur slams Packers for lack of urgency, toughness vs. 49ers

No matter how talented you are or what generational star leads your team, in the end, you really do have to want it.

Desire, effort and drive often make the difference between a team that achieves the goals it sets for itself and those that fall short.

Days after the 37-20 beatdown the Green Bay Packers suffered at the hands of the 49ers last Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, coach Matt LaFleur went in on his team for not exhibiting the "give a [bleep] attitude" you need to go on the road and beat a good team.

"I was just disappointed with -- just it didn't seem like we had the same energy and effort that we had displayed throughout the course of the season," LaFleur said Wednesday, via NFL.com.

The 49ers ran the ball right down the Packers' throat, backed all the way out of their esophagus and crammed it down there again in the win that sent the Niners to Super Bowl LIV.

To LaFleur, the game plan wasn't a surprise, but the lack of fire his team showed in getting clowned like Wile E. Coyote chasing Road Runner upset the first-year head coach.

"I think it was a combination of a lot of things," LaFleur said of the loss. "You gotta give San Francisco credit. They definitely out-coached us. I just didn't feel we played with the same urgency, the same tenacity, the same toughness.

"It's disappointing because it's not like we didn't know what they were going to try to do. We knew exactly what they were gonna try to do. We knew they were gonna run the football. For them to be able to do that, was extremely disappointing."

The lack of urgency showed on a key play in the second quarter. With the Packers trailing 17-0 but driving, Aaron Rodgers fumbled the snap. But instead of trying to dive for the ball, Rodgers simply stood there and watched DeForest Buckner recover the fumble for the 49ers. 

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After a 13-3 season that was as unimpressive as they come, Rodgers, LaFleur and the Pack will head back to the drawing board to figure out how to get the legendary quarterback back to the Super Bowl for the first time in a decade.

As for the hyper-focused 49ers, their attention turns to Super Bowl LIV and a date with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and a Kansas City Chiefs team that's sure to pack their sense of urgency for South Beach.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).