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Matthew "Matt" LaFleur (born November 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the head coach for the Green Bay Packers 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 and Tennessee Titans.

Matt LaFleur
Green Bay Packers
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1979-11-14) November 14, 1979 (age 39)
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Career information
High school:Mount Pleasant (MI)
College:Saginaw Valley State
Career history
As player:
As coach:

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Playing careerEdit

Born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, LaFleur attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and played wide receiver in 1998 and 1999. He transferred to Saginaw Valley State in Division II, and he played quarterback from 2000 to 2002, guiding the Cardinals to the D-II playoffs each season.

LaFleur briefly played in the National Indoor Football League with the Omaha Beef as the backup quarterback, and the following summer, signed with the Billings Outlaws in Montana.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

LaFleur's coaching career began in 2003 at his alma mater, Saginaw Valley State, as an offensive graduate assistant, during which time he also substitute taught in the local high schools, specializing in math. LaFleur proceeded to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant and assisted the offensive staff in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, he coached quarterbacks and receivers at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. LaFleur was the offensive coordinator at Ashland University in Ohio in 2007.

Houston TexansEdit

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 offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Washington RedskinsEdit

When Shanahan's father Mike was hired by the Redskins, Kyle brought LaFleur to Washington to coach the quarterbacks in 2010.[2] A primary responsibility of LaFleur's for the 2012 season was to mentor rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.

Notre DameEdit

After six years of coaching in the NFL, LaFleur returned to college football as the quarterbacks' trainer at the University of Notre Dame in 2014.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

On February 5, 2015, LaFleur returned to the NFL as the quarterbacks' coach for the Atlanta Falcons working under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, with whom he had previously worked while with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. LaFleur's younger brother, Mike, was also an offensive assistant with the Falcons.[3]

In 2016, LaFleur coached Matt Ryan on his way to winning the NFL MVP. The Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots, but squandered a large lead and lost 34–28 in overtime.[4]

Los Angeles RamsEdit

On February 8, 2017, LaFleur joined the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff as offensive coordinator, working under head coach Sean McVay, with whom he had previously worked during his tenure with the Washington Redskins.[5]

Tennessee TitansEdit

On January 30, 2018, LaFleur left his position with the Rams to take the same position with the Tennessee Titans.[6] Joining new head coach Mike Vrabel, LaFleur had the opportunity of calling the plays for the Titans, essentially a promotion from his former position as offensive coordinator with the Rams. LaFleur and the Titans finished the season with the 25th offense in the NFL.

Green Bay PackersEdit

LaFleur was hired as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2019.[7] On May 30, 2019, LaFleur suffered a torn Achilles while playing basketball.

Personal lifeEdit

LaFleur is married to BreAnne LaFleur, and they have two sons, Luke and Ty.[8] His younger brother, Mike, is the passing game coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Matt LaFleur becomes an Outlaw". oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 18, 2004. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Washington Redskins: Matt LaFleur". Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Report: Falcons add Jeff Ulbrich, Matt LaFleur to coaching staff". Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons – February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Rams name Matt LaFleur offensive coordinator". NFL.com. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Titans Name Dean Pees DC, Matt LaFleur OC". TitansOnline.com.
  7. ^ "Matt LaFleur named Green Bay's 15th head coach". packers.com. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Matt LaFleur Family & Children: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Mike LaFleur – Offensive Coordinator/QBs/WRs – Davidson College". davidsonwildcats.com. Retrieved September 24, 2018.

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