INDIANAPOLIS -- Sean McVay will call the offensive plays in his first season as the Los Angeles Rams' head coach, but eventually that task will probably fall on Matt LaFleur, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach who was brought in as the new offensive coordinator. Kyle Shanahan, the former Falcons offensive coordinator who is now head coach of the division-rival San Francisco 49ers, was asked if LaFleur is ready for something like that.
"Yeah," Shanahan said, "he's been ready for a while."
As quarterbacks coach, LaFleur helped make Robert Griffin III the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Matt Ryan the MVP in 2016. He was with the Redskins from 2010 to '13, while McVay coached tight ends and Shanahan ran the offense. LaFleur went on to coach quarterback Everett Golson at Notre Dame in 2014, then reunited with Shanahan in Atlanta, a stint that ended with a bitter Super Bowl loss.
After Shanahan took the job with the 49ers, LaFleur was free to become the Rams' offensive coordinator, a role in which LaFleur said he'll "organize and kind of set the table for Sean."
Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who could've blocked LaFleur from leaving, said he spoke to LaFleur about becoming his new offensive coordinator because of how well he worked with Ryan. Quinn instead opted to go with Steve Sarkisian, largely because he wanted someone with playcalling experience. But Quinn raved about LaFleur, calling him "a really, really detailed teacher" and "the ideal person" to pair with a young quarterback like Jared Goff.
"They’re getting a hell of a coach," Shanahan, speaking from the scouting combine Wednesday, said of LaFleur. "... Matt understands the game. He played college quarterback. He knows a lot about that position. He knows the run game, he knows the pass game, he knows how to tie them together."
ESPN's Vaughn McClure contributed to this report.