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Packers coach Matt LaFleur has taken big steps since stint with Rams in 2017

LOS ANGELES - The two young coaches were friends, close like brothers.

So in 2017, when Los Angeles Rams first-year coach Sean McVay and then-offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur talked plays, strategy and game plans, the conversations sometimes got spirited, even heated.

The exchanges benefited both, said Greg Olson, quarterbacks coach on that staff.

"He showed he wasn't afraid to speak his opinion," Olson, now the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator, said of LaFleur. "He wasn't a 'yes' man. He was willing to tell Sean, 'You can do it this way but ...'

"It wasn't always

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