Matt LaFleur

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Matt LaFleur
Tennessee Titans
Position:Offensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1979-11-14) November 14, 1979 (age 38)
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Career information
High school:Mount Pleasant (MI)
College:Saginaw Valley State
Career history
As player:
As coach:

Matt LaFleur (born November 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He has spent time as quarterbacks coach of the Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Falcons and as offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams.

Playing career[edit]

LaFleur attended Western Michigan University from 1998 to 1999 where he played wide receiver before transferring in 2000 to Saginaw Valley State, where he played quarterback from 2000 to 2002. LaFleur briefly played in the National Indoor Football League with the Omaha Beef, where he was the backup quarterback. The following summer, LaFleur signed with the Billings Outlaws.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

College[edit]

LaFleur's coaching career began at his alma mater, Saginaw Valley State, in 2003 where he served as an offensive graduate assistant. During which time Matt also substitute taught in the local highschools, specializing in math. He proceeded to Central Michigan University where, from 2004–2005, he assisted the offensive staff. In 2006, he coached quarterbacks and receivers at Northern Michigan University. He was the offensive coordinator at Ashland University in 2007. In 2014 he served as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Houston Texans[edit]

LaFleur then was hired in 2008 by the Houston Texans to serve as an offensive assistant. He assisted both wide receivers and quarterbacks during his two-year stint there and developed a close relationship with coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Washington Redskins[edit]

When Shanahan's father Mike was hired by the Redskins, Kyle brought LaFleur to Washington to coach the quarterbacks.[2] A primary responsibility of LaFleur's for the 2012 season was to mentor rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, whom LaFleur was particularly fond of.[3]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On February 5, 2015, LaFleur was hired to be the Quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons working under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, whom he previously had worked under when with the Washington Redskins. Matt's brother, Mike, was the offensive assistant with the Falcons as well.[4]

In the 2016 season, LaFleur and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots on February 5, 2017. In the Super Bowl, the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat.[5]

Los Angeles Rams[edit]

On February 8, 2017, LaFleur joined the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff as the offensive coordinator, working under Head Coach Sean McVay, whom he previously had worked with during his tenure with the Washington Redskins.[6]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On January 30, 2018, LaFleur left his position with the Rams to take the same position with the Tennessee Titans.[7] Joining new head coach Mike Vrabel, LaFleur now has the opportunity of calling the plays for the Titans, essentially being a promotion from his former position as offensive coordinator with the Rams.

Personal life[edit]

LaFleur's younger brother, Mike LaFleur, is the wide receivers coach/passing game specialist for the San Francisco 49ers.[8] LaFleur, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, was a three-year starting quarterback at Saginaw Valley State where he guided his team to the Division II playoffs each season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt LaFleur becomes an Outlaw". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 18, 2004. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Washington Redskins: Matt LaFleur". Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Redskins QB coach: Can't lose taking Kurt Cousins". Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Report: Falcons add Jeff Ulbrich, Matt LaFleur to coaching staff". Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  6. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Rams name Matt LaFleur offensive coordinator". NFL.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Titans Name Dean Pees DC, Matt LaFleur OC". TitansOnline.com.
  8. ^ "Mike LaFleur - Offensive Coordinator/QBs/WRs - Davidson College". davidsonwildcats.com. Retrieved 2018-09-24.

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