Now Brian Kelly can get to recruiting coaches.
On Wednesday, a source told Irish Illustrated that quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur is expected to leave the program for a job with the Atlanta Falcons, returning to the NFL after just one season in South Bend.
With the Falcons, LaFleur will work with his brother Mike LaFleur, just hired to the Atlanta staff. The move would also reunite LaFleur with Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons’ incoming offensive coordinator. LaFleur served as quarterbacks coach under Shanahan with the Washington Redskins from 2010-13.
Kelly will address the media on Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.
A LaFleur departure would open the door for Jeff Quinn to again work with Kelly as the two have more than 20 years experience together, dating back to Grand Valley State.
Quinn left Cincinnati for the head coaching position at Buffalo at the same time Kelly moved to Notre Dame. Quinn was Kelly’s first choice as offensive coordinator here, a post that’s been held by three different coaches in the past five seasons: Charley Molnar, Chuck Martin and now Mike Denbrock.
Quinn was fired by Buffalo last October after a 20-36 record and just one winning season in five years.
LaFleur would be the second assistant coach to leave Notre Dame this off-season following defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks for Oklahoma. Cooks had been on staff under Kelly all five seasons in South Bend, coaching outside linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties. He also served as co-defensive coordinator until Brian VanGorder arrived last off-season.