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Packers Coach Matt LaFleur Calls Out League Over Preseason Decision

The Packers opened their preseason with a 28–21 loss to the 49ers on Friday night. After the game, the team flew back to Wisconsin and didn’t get back into town until 5 a.m. local time.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters, “Thank you league,” in regards to the poor travel outcome.

The coach was not a fan of flying out to the West Coast and prefers a regional schedule in the preseason.

“It’s a long season and (the travel) can take a toll on you. It messes your clock up for the next couple days,” he said.

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Given the grind of 17 regular season games—plus the potential for the playoffs—the travel can lead to a very long season for players, coaches and staff. 

Since the regular season and postseason can be so demanding on teams and their staffs, a regional preseason schedule would make it so that teams could ease into their routine for the season, something that LaFleur would no doubt be in favor of moving forward.

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