The Rams finalized their coaching staff by inking former Atlanta Falcons quarterback coach Matt LaFleur as their offensive coordinator.
LaFleur, 37, spent the last two seasons coaching the quarterbacks in Atlanta, which included an MVP for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Atlanta’s NFC Championship this season.
Matt LaFleur officially hired as #Rams offensive coordinator
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) February 9, 2017
LaFleur has never been an offensive coordinator before and Rams head coach Sean McVay already said in his introductory press conference that he plans to call the offensive plays himself.
McVay spent three years with LaFleur in Washington, where LaFleur was the quarterback coach from 2010-13.
A report surfaced over the weekend that LeFleur could join the Rams coaching staff. Otherwise, there were also rumors connecting him to the San Francisco 49ers or a possible promotion in Atlanta. However, the Falcons named Steve Sarkisian as their offensive coordinator.,
LaFleur is the most recent hiring of an assistant or coordinator. McVay has a staff of 18 assistants, which includes a few notable names. Rams quarterback coach Greg Olsen was hired earlier this offseason. Olsen has been the offensive coordinator for four teams in nine seasons.
John Fassel, special teams coordinator and former interim head coach, and Skip Peete, running backs coach, return to L.A. despite being members of Jeff Fisher‘s staff.
Otherwise, former Buffalo Bills assistant Aaron Kromer joins the Rams as the offensive line coach. He also has experience as an offensive coordinator with the Bears two seasons ago. The Rams also hired receivers coach Eric Yarber, who held the same job at UCLA last year.
On the other side of the ball, new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has decades of experience as an NFL head coach and defensive coordinator.
His defensive line coach will be Bill Johnson, who spent the past eight years coaching the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line.
Linebacker coach Joe Barry is the Rams’ new assistant head coach and linebackers coach. He was the defensive coordinator in Washington for two seasons.
McVay also hired Shane Waldron as the Rams’ tight ends coach, after Waldron spent last years as the offensive quality control coach in Washington. New Rams corners coach Aubrey Pleasant joins the L.A. staff from Washington too.
LaFleur’s coaching resume includes a stint as QB coach at Notre Dame in 2014 and it began as a quality control coach with the Houston Texans in 2008.
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