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Rams Rumors: Mike LaFleur Expected to Join Sean McVay's Staff After Jets Exit

Erin WalshJanuary 14, 2023

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 01: Offensive Coordinator Mike LaFleur speaks after training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on August 1, 2022 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Former New York Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is expected to join Sean McVay's staff with the Los Angeles Rams ahead of the 2023 season, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

LaFleur and the Jets agreed to part ways this week following a disappointing finish to New York's 2022 season.

Garafolo also tweeted that the possibility of LaFleur joining the Rams as the team's offensive coordinator "is foremost among those potential opportunities he could snag soon."

The Jets hired LaFleur as their offensive coordinator in 2021, and the team's attack showed little to no improvement with him onboard. The unit ranked 28th in scoring and 26th in total yards. In 2022, it ranked 29th in scoring and 25th in total yards.

Additionally, second-year quarterback Zach Wilson had an abysmal 2022 season that contributed to New York's 7-10 record and failure to make the playoffs. He completed 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,688 yards and six touchdowns against seven interceptions in nine games.

Wilson was also benched twice because his performance was so poor.

The Jets finished the season on a six-game losing streak and didn't score a single touchdown in their final three games with a combination of Wilson, Chris Streveler, Joe Flacco and Mike White under center.

With things going awry, it only made sense for the Jets and LaFleur to consider other options.

The Rams are in need of a new offensive coordinator after Liam Coen opted to return as Kentucky's OC following one season with L.A.

Under Coen, Los Angeles had one of the worst offenses in the NFL, ranking last in total yards per game and 27th in scoring. However, quarterback Matthew Stafford missed nearly half the season with a spinal contusion.

While McVay and LaFleur have never shared a sideline, McVay likely knows LaFleur because of his relationship with Matt LaFleur, former Rams offensive coordinator and current Green Bay Packers head coach.

If LaFleur joins McVay's staff, L.A. will hope he can make more of an impact than he did in New York.