The NFL season couldn’t have had any more of a traumatic ending to Super Bowl LI, as the New England Patriots used 31 consecutive points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. With the NFL season officially done, every team, including the Los Angeles Rams, now heads into the formal offseason.
Head coach Sean McVay now has entered his first offseason, as the youngest head coach in NFL history. The head coach of the Rams wasted no time, signing on Wade Phillips as the defensive coordinator and Greg Olson as the tight end coach.
However, the team still lacked an offensive coordinator, to teach and learn alongside McVay and soon to be second-year quarterback Jared Goff. After a careful searching process, it seems McVay has found his offensive coordinator of the future, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
With Steve Sarkisian going to Atlanta, Falcons QB coach Matt LaFleur is expected to become Rams offensive coordinator, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2017
The Falcons coaching staff was surely a hot commodity once the Super Bowl concluded, as former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has officially taken the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job. While that was much expected, the Falcons general manager didn’t waste any time in searching his options.
On Tuesday, head coach Dan Quinn wasted no time, announcing former Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as the offensive coordinator of the Falcons. With Shanahan departing, it makes sense as to why LaFleur would search for better options.
Entering the Super Bowl, the Falcons were the No. 1 offense in the NFL, thanks to the play of Matt Ryan and coaching from Shanahan and LaFleur. The soon to be Rams offensive coordinator formally served as a quarterbacks coach for the University of Notre Dame.
The Rams will likely formally announce the decision in due time, with a scheduled press conference awaiting LaFleur. With that signing all but done, it seems McVay and the Rams have the staff in place to build for years to come.