Los Angeles Rams, McVay catch break with LaFleur’s situation

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With the Tennessee Titans hiring Mike Vrabel as their new head coach, it looks like the Los Angeles Rams may have caught a break with keeping Matt LaFleur.

The month of January is always an interesting one in the NFL when looking at all of the coaching changes being made, and while the Los Angeles Rams are clearly already set with Sean McVay, they already saw one key change after former quarterbacks coach Greg Olson took a job with the Oakland Raiders as the new offensive coordinator. And speaking of offensive coordinator, with Matt LaFleur interviewing for the head coach position with the Tennessee Titans that surprisingly opened up despite earning a trip to the Divisional Round, the Rams couldn’t help but wonder if they would be looking for a replacement at offensive coordinator.

Obviously, Los Angeles would be nothing but thrilled for LaFleur if he were to take the job after all of the help he did last year between Jared Goff‘s development along with the team making NFL history by going from worst to first in scoring. But after the Titans ended up going with Mike Vrabel as their new coach, it appears LaFleur will be around for at least another season at offensive coordinator for the Rams since the chances of him ending up with the same role elsewhere seems unlikely.

With that being said, Los Angeles fully understands that if this team picks up right where they left off in 2018 by having one of the league’s highest-powered offenses once again, there’s a good chance LaFleur will be approached by more teams around this time next year. Keep in mind that before joining McVay’s staff with the Rams, LaFleur received heavy praise for the work he did as the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons during the 2016 season, which was the year the team won the NFC title and Matt Ryan won MVP.

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In other words, the results from LaFleur’s previous two seasons between the Falcons and Rams alone shows it’s only a matter of time before he lands a head coaching job of his own. At least for now, Los Angeles will get to enjoy another year with LaFleur as their offensive coordinator, as they will be looking to top this season by advancing further next January instead of receiving an early exit.