Matt LaFleur third 2013 Redskins staffer to land head coaching gig

Chris Lingebach
January 07, 2019 - 7:40 pm
Matt LaFleur third 2013 Redskins staffer to land head coaching gig

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The Green Bay Packers are hiring Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur as their next head coach, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

LaFleur, 39, replaces Mike McCarthy, who was fired last month after 13 seasons on the job and one Super Bowl championship (2010).

LaFleur becomes the third descendant from Mike Shanahan's 2013 Redskins staff to earn his first head coaching job in the NFL after leaving. He served as Washington's quarterbacks coach for four seasons (2010-13), shepherding QBs like Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.

When Shanahan was fired in 2013, LaFleur moved on to coach the quarterbacks of Notre Dame for one season and then the Atlanta Falcons for two (2015-16). In 2017, LaFleur joined his old Redskins peer Sean McVay in Los Angeles for one season as the Rams offensive coordinator, before leaving for the same job with the Titans this past season.

That 2013 Redskins staff also consisted of McVay, then still tight ends coach, and Kyle Shanahan, his father's offensive coordinator. McVay, the youngest head coach ever hired in the NFL at the time, is now 24-8 in two seasons with the Rams and has made the playoffs in consecutive seasons. The 13-3 Rams earned a first-round bye and are currently waiting to meet the Cowboys in the divisional round.

Kyle Shanahan (10-22) just completed his second season as head coach of the 49ers.

2013 was Griffin's all-in-for-week-one season, in which he rushed back from a torn ACL to start the first game of the season, in part to support an Adidas ad campaign. He would lead the Redskins to a 3-10 record, only to be benched for Kirk Cousins in the final three games of the season. Shanahan was fired at season's end along with most of his staff.

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