The Los Angeles Rams are making the finishing touches on their coaching staff under new head coach Sean McVay with the expected addition of former Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur as the next offensive coordinator, according to the LA Daily News.
The 37-year-oid had spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the Falcons under former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who has accepted the job to become the San Francisco 49ers next head coach. Prior to that, he held the same position with Norte Dame and Washington Redskins while also being the offensive quality control coach to begin his NFL coaching career with the Houston Texans.
He worked with McVay in Washington from 2011-13, where he played a significant part in helping develop Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. LaFleur also played a hand in aiding Matt Ryan's best individual season in 2016 where he earned his first NFL MVP award by posting career highs with 4,944 passing yards, 38 touchdown passes, and an 117.1 passer rating.
LaFleur's only experience as an offensive coordinator occurred during the 2007 season with Ashland University. Although he will holds the position with Los Angeles, McVay has already stated he will do the playcalling and implement the offensive system this upcoming season. The Rams now have in place two coaches that have experience primarily handling quarterbacks that also includes Greg Olsen, who was hired nearly three weeks ago to for that spot on the coaching staff.
This hiring is another strong indication that the Rams are putting forth a strong effort to best help the development of quarterback Jared Goff, who is set to enter his second season in the league. He is coming off a lackluster rookie campaign that saw him rack up just 1,089 passing yards on a 54.6 completion percentage with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions, and holding a 22.2 quarterback rating.
This includes recording at least one interception on four occasions while passing for fewer than 200 yards five times. He also ranked last in the league in yards per completion (5.31), second-worst total quarterback rating, and the fourth-lowest completion percentage.