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Rams hire notable new offensive coordinator

Sean McVay smiles

Aug 19, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay on the Amazon Prime Thursday Night Football set before the game against the Houston Texans at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mike LaFleur parted ways with the New York Jets recently following two rough seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator, but he has already landed another job.

The Los Angeles Rams have hired LaFleur as their new offensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

There were rumblings almost immediately after LaFleur was fired by the Jets that he could join Sean McVay’s staff in L.A., as there are strong connections between the two.

Mike LaFleur is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. Though Mike and McVay have not been on a coaching staff together, McVay and Matt LaFleur have coached together twice. McVay and Matt LaFleur were on the Washington Redskins’ coaching staff from 2010-2013. Matt LaFleur also served as McVay’s offensive coordinator for the Rams in 2017.

The Rams needed a new offensive coordinator after Liam Coen returned to the same role at Kentucky. McVay’s team is coming off an uncharacteristically bad year in which they ranked 27th in the NFL with just 18.1 points per game. Injuries had a lot to do with that, but the Rams are hoping LaFleur can help fix their scheme as well.

Report: Rams likely to land 1 notable OC

Sean McVay on the sideline

Dec 1, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams are reportedly the favorites to land a fairly prominent offensive coordinator.

Former New York Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is favored to land the Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator job, according to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports. LaFleur has options elsewhere and the deal is not finalized, but he does appear to be the frontrunner.

The Rams are in the hunt for a new offensive coordinator after Liam Coen opted to return to the same role at Kentucky. LaFleur was linked to the role very quickly once the Jets fired him at the end of the season.

LaFleur’s tenure with the Jets proved disappointing, particularly in his inability to develop quarterback Zach Wilson. However, he remains well-respected around the league, and the Rams may provide him with a more stable and established offense to work with.

Report: Jets WR had vulgar blowup on coach before trade request

Elijah Moore holding a towel

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets got off to a strong start to the 2022 season, but trouble was apparently brewing behind the scenes long before the losses began piling up.

Zach Rosenblatt of The Athletic on Thursday published an in-depth look at some of the in-fighting that went on with the Jets this year. One of the big takeaways was that New York’s wide receiver corps was not happy with the way former offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur simplified the offense when Zach Wilson was under center. No one expressed his displeasure more openly than Elijah Moore.

After the Jets improved to 4-2 with a 27-10 win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, a report surfaced that Moore had requested a trade. The former second-round pick was not targeted once in the game and did not seem to care about the result.

According to Rosenblatt, the trade request came after Moore blew up on LaFleur during practice the following Thursday. The former Ole Miss star is said to have surprised coaches and teammates when he told LaFleur “go f— yourself” and “you suck.” LaFleur and Jets head coach Robert Saleh decided to send Moore home, and he later asked to be traded.

The Jets refused to fulfill the request, and Moore and LaFleur eventually worked things out. There were no major issues the rest of the season. However, it is worth noting that Moore was not the only Jets receiver to demand a trade, with Denzel Mims doing the same over the summer.

LaFleur has since been fired, and even he admitted he had one big regret with the way Wilson was handled. Time will tell how big of a factor the offensive coordinator was in the Jets’ struggles.

Report: Sean McVay has new offensive coordinator in mind for Rams

Sean McVay on the sideline

Dec 1, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams are losing offensive coordinator Liam Coen, who is returning to the same role at Kentucky, and they may have a replacement in mind.

A few reporters said on Saturday that Rams head coach Sean McVay is expected to add Mike LaFleur to his coaching staff.

“He’s expected to land on McVay’s staff,” NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo said of LaFleur.

Garafolo added that “there will be many changes,” to the Rams’ staff.

ESPN’s Jourdan Rodrigue also reported that LaFleur was someone to watch for the Rams’ offensive coordinator job.

LaFleur was fired by the Jets after the regular season. He had been their offensive coordinator for two years.

Mike LaFleur is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. Though Mike and McVay have not been on a coaching staff together, McVay and Matt LaFleur have coached together twice. McVay and Matt LaFleur were on the Washington Redskins’ coaching staff from 2010-2013. Matt LaFleur also served as McVay’s offensive coordinator for the Rams in 2017.

While the Rams have a vacancy for offensive coordinator, there is no guarantee that Mike would be hired into that role if he were to end up on the Rams’ staff.

Jets make big coaching change on offense

Robert Saleh talks with the media

Jul 27, 2021; Florham Park, NJ, United States; New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh talks with the media on training camp report day at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets have made a big coaching change on offense.

The Jets have parted ways with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday.

While the Jets’ defense was fourth in the NFL in both points allowed and yards allowed this season, their offense struggled. The offense was 29th in points and 25th in yards.

Considering the quarterback options for the team, the Jets passing for 4,040 yards total was pretty impressive. Former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson started nine games at quarterback, while Joe Flacco and Mike White each started four games.

Despite all the problems Wilson had this season, the team went 5-4 in his starts, though a lot of that success could be attributed to the team’s defense.

LaFleur, 35, served in his role as offensive coordinator for the Jets for two seasons. He began his NFL coaching career in 2014 and has worked for the Browns, Falcons and 49ers in addition to the Jets. He is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur.

Jets OC has 1 big regret about way Zach Wilson was handled

Zach Wilson on the practice field

May 7, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during rookie minicamp. Mandatory Credit: New York Jets/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur made an interesting admission about one big regret he had about the organization’s handling of quarterback Zach Wilson.

LaFleur admitted that the Jets made a mistake throwing Wilson into the fray as a starter in his rookie season. The Jets offensive coordinator voiced regret Thursday that the team had not sat Wilson for a while and allowed him to learn the league and watch a veteran from the bench.

“In hindsight, it probably would have benefitted [him] just to sit back and learn a little bit and watch a veteran do it and just kind of grow in this league, kind of in the backseat watching and getting better in practice,” LaFleur admitted.

Wilson was the Jets’ Week 1 starter after they drafted him No. 2 overall in 2021. He started 13 of the team’s 17 games, with only a midseason injury taking him out of action.

The role of a rookie quarterback is up for debate, as some teams prefer to keep them on the bench for a year or two until they learn the league. The Chiefs did that to great effect with Patrick Mahomes, for instance. Each quarterback is different, however, and the Jets may have simply placed too much confidence in Wilson.

The Jets remain adamant that Wilson is still their quarterback of the future. If he does not work out, however, LaFleur’s take could lead to a lot of second-guessing.

Kyle Shanahan, Matt LaFleur’s brother had tense exchange about Aaron Rodgers?

Kyle Shanahan

The San Francisco 49ers understandably did their due diligence this past offseason after Aaron Rodgers asked the Green Bay Packers for a trade. While the two coaches have denied it, the inquiry may have resulted in some tension between Kyle Shanahan and Matt LaFleur.

LaFleur and Shanahan have long had a close relationship. On Wednesday, LaFleur was asked if that friendship was impacted by the Niners trying to pry Rodgers away from the Packers several months ago. LaFleur insisted it is not an issue.

“Kyle’s a great friend of mine,” LaFleur said. “I haven’t talked to him in a while. It’s just part of the business, I hold no ill will towards him. … He’s got a responsibility to everybody in that organization if he’s got an opportunity. I don’t hold that against him. That will have no affect on our relationship.”

That doesn’t mean the situation wasn’t awkward. According to NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Shanahan became upset over an exchange he had with LaFleur’s brother, New York Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, minutes before the start of the NFL Draft. Mike LaFleur reportedly needled Shanahan about his Rodgers trade inquiry, and Shanahan did not take kindly to it.

Here’s how the exchange was described to Silver:

Rodgers is from Northern California. There had been rumblings that the 49ers were his top choice when he demanded a trade, so Mike LaFleur (and his brother) may have felt Shanahan and the Niners were toeing the tampering line.

For what it’s worth, Shanahan told “The Rich Eisen Show” after the draft that all he did was call Matt LaFleur and ask if there was any truth to the reports that Rodgers wanted out. LaFleur made it clear that Rodgers was not available, and Shanahan says that was the end of it.

Had it not been for LaFleur stepping in, Rodgers may have ended up playing elsewhere. LaFleur can’t possibly blame Shanahan for seeing if there was an opportunity to acquire one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. But even if the two coaches understood one another, there still may have been some moments of tension while all the drama was unfolding.

Matt LaFleur takes funny shot at brother Mike over Zach Wilson

Matt LaFleur

Matt LaFleur is not afraid to take part in a bit of sibling rivalry with his brother Mike, especially when it comes to football.

The Green Bay Packers, coached by Matt, are set to take part in joint practices this week with the New York Jets, where LaFleur’s brother Mike is offensive coordinator. When Matt LaFleur was asked about the potential of Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, he couldn’t resist taking a shot at his brother.

It’s not just the LaFleur brothers in play here. Matt LaFleur and Jets coach Robert Saleh are very close. The two met as graduate assistants at Central Michigan and developed a friendship that even involved LaFleur being the best man at Saleh’s wedding. That just makes the comment even funnier.

LaFleur was on the receiving end of a shot from another coach he knows earlier this week. Clearly, he’s not going to be caught flat-footed in this humorous war of words.