Rams hire Mike LaFleur as offensive coordinator

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams are in the process of hiring former New York Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

The move, first reported by NFL Network, comes after LaFleur and the Jets parted ways and Rams offensive coordinator Liam Coen left Sean McVay’s staff to return to the Kentucky Wildcats to occupy the same job.

During the 2022 season, the Rams offense struggled to consistently move the ball downfield, finishing last in the NFL in yards per game (280.5) and 27th in points per game (18.1) . The unit was hit hard by injuries last season, losing quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson to season-ending injuries.

The Rams also had so many injuries on the offensive line that they started 12 different offensive line combinations in their first 12 games.

LaFleur has spent the past two seasons with the Jets, leading an offense that finished 29th in scoring and 25th in total yards in 2022 and 28th and 26th the previous season.

The Super Bowl champions LVI, who finished last season 5-12, expect to have a healthy Stafford and Kupp to start OTAs in April.

Prior to his stint with the Jets, LaFleur was the San Francisco 49ers passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach from 2017-2020 under coach Kyle Shanahan.

LaFleur’s brother, Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur, was the Rams’ offensive coordinator under McVay in 2017.

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