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Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur is Za’Darius Smith’s No. 1 Fan

Evan Siegle |

Evan Siegle | Packers

Za’Darius Smith is fitting in just fine in Green Bay.

After four exceptional years in Baltimore, the former Kentucky outside linebacker signed a four-year, $66 million contract to inject life into the Packers’ pass rush. In less than a week of practice, he’s living up to the hype.

He’s everything we thought he was going to be, and I can’t say enough about the person, either,” new head coach Matt LaFleur said. “He brings so much leadership to our defense and he’s been a lot of fun to be around. I think he raises the level of everybody around him.”

Smith earned his contract as an interior rusher for the Ravens. The Packers are asking him to use more techniques from multiple positions on the defense. No matter where they put him, he’s finding a way to get to the quarterback in training camp. Aaron Rodgers can see a significant difference in the Packers’ pass rush.

“It’s just a different feel on that side of the ball. I feel like there’s a little more juice,” said the former NFL MVP.

Following a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2018, Smith is poised to become a star for the Packers this fall.



Article written by Nick Roush

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2 Comments for Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur is Za’Darius Smith’s No. 1 Fan

  1. JASUN74
    9:20 pm August 5, 2019 Permalink

    4 stars or no stars, Juco or transfers, our Coaching Staff has the Best eyes for talent in the country and are the Very best in the country at developing that talent. We are really starting to make a big name here guys and becoming a school that these big time kids are talking about.

    Besides Alabama and Clemson, were rising as fast as anyone. It’s a special time in the Bluegrass right now guys!! I don’t have the words to communicate how I feel about my Cats, but I’m excited for some Football and can’t wait to prove the doubters wrong again.

  2. J-Dub421
    10:18 pm August 5, 2019 Permalink

    Go Big Z!