OFFICIAL: Rams Hire Mike LaFleur As New Offensive Coordinator

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The Rams received some good news recently when head coach Sean McVay announced he will be returning for another season. And now, LA is officially hiring former Jets OC Mike LaFleur as its new offensive coordinator, the top offensive mind alongside McVay.

After a disappointing 5-12 season in which the Rams missed the playoffs, McVay again contemplated taking a break from coaching. He took a few days to think about it although quickly decided that he wants to remain with the Rams.

That was obviously great news as the Rams now do not have to search for a new head coach this offseason. McVay and the organization will need to do some searching, however, as there are a number of spots on the coaching staff they will need to replace.

LaFleur’s coaching history

LaFleur, of course, is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, who served as McVay’s offensive coordinator in 2017.

Mike got his start in coaching at the college level in 2009. He landed his first NFL job in 2014 as an offensive intern on the Cleveland Browns under Kyle Shanahan. LaFleur followed Shanahan to the Atlanta Falcons as an offensive assistant and then the San Francisco 49ers as a passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.

LaFleur got his first opportunity as an offensive coordinator when he went with Robert Salah to the Jets, calling plays there for the last two seasons.

There obviously is a lot of familiarity there between McVay and LaFleur. Sean and Matt have been best friends since they both coached under Shanahan on the Washington Redskins staff with McVay even living on LaFleur’s couch at one point.

While McVay and Mike have never been on the same staff, this could be a partnership that is beneficial for both. McVay can bring someone in with play-calling experience to help him run the offense, while LaFleur can learn from one of the best offensive coaches in the game in hopes of being better than he was in New York.