The Los Angeles Rams caught a break this past week as Offensive Coordinator Matt Lafleur will stay with the team. Lafleur interviewed for the Tennessee Titans head coaching job, however the Titans decided to go with Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel.
Lafleur was the QB coach to Matt Ryan last season when the Falcons won the NFC. This year, he helped turn around Jared Goff from a bust to a potential star. Head coach Sean McVay clearly thought very highly of Lafleur when he hired him as his offensive coordinator.
Lafleur is only 38 and is a fast riser in the NFL coaching ranks. He started coaching as an offensive assistant in 2003 at Central Michigan and was an offensive coordinator at Ashland by 2007. In 2008 Lafleur went to the Houston Texans as an offensive quality control coach and became the Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach in 2010. In 2015, he became the Falcons QB coach and was hired last year to be the Rams offensive coordinator. After one year as an offensive coordinator he is already being considered for head coaching positions.
Lafleur is highly thought of around the league for his work with Matt Ryan and Jared Goff. Lafleur has worked alongside offensive minded gurus such as Sean McVay and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. These coaches have great respect for Lafleur as Shanahan said via ESPN, “Matt understands the game. He played college quarterback. He knows a lot about that position. He knows the run game, he knows the pass game, he knows how to tie them together.”
Keeping Lafleur helps Goff’s development as he would’ve had his third offensive coordinator in three years if Lafleur had left. No matter who the quarterback is, it is extremely difficult to have three different coordinators in a players first three years in the league. Goff and the Rams are already losing QB coach Greg Olson.
The Rams aren’t losing any coaches on the defensive side of the ball, allowing McVay and general manager Les Snead to spend more time worrying about free agency and the draft instead of staff replacements.
McVay will try to keep as many assistant coaches as he can this offseason. It seems that the Rams might escape the offseason while only having to replace Greg Olson. While the Titans may have passed on Matt Lafleur, it won’t be long until he is a head coach if the offensive continues its dominance in the upcoming seasons.
While the Rams were lucky enough to keep Lafleur this time it won’t be long until Lafleur, as well as other assistant coaches find promotions around the league. While they won’t be easy to replace, it shows that the Rams now have coaches other teams want, showing the Rams are making incredible strides.