Lafleur leaves to become Titans OC

The Tennessee Titans hired Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator, selecting their man to run their offense and lead quarterback Marcus Mariota to the next level.

LaFleur, who spent the 2017 season as the Rams offensive coordinator with Jared Goff, left for Tennessee to take a play-calling position, which amounted a promotion.

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Maximizing Mariota and and a talented Titans roster will be a top priority for LaFleur. Tennessee advances to the divisional round of the playoffs this past season, but Mariota took a big step back throwing a career-low 13 passing touchdowns and a career-high 15 interceptions. Titans general manager Jon Robinson stressed the importance of the relationship between the offensive coordinator, LaFleur, Mariota, the quarterbacks coach, Pat O’Hara, and head coach Mike Vrabel.

“Matt brings an energy and an offensive diversity to our team,” Vrabel said in the statement. “He is going to develop an offense that puts our players in position to have success. Matt has worked with some great offensive minds, helped game plan on those staffs and I am looking forward to seeing him take that next step as a play-caller.”

LaFleur’s work with Jared Goff in L.A. and Matt Ryan in Atlanta makes him an exciting candidate to help advance Mariota in Tennessee. LaFleur, 38, also helped ignite the Rams offense that went from last in scoring in 2016 to first in 2017. He was the quarterbacks coach during Ryan’s MVP 2016 season.

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The Titans finished 23rd in total offense and 19th in scoring offense under Mike Mularkey’s often predictable exotic smashmouth offense. Terry Robiskie was the play-calling offensive coordinator last season.

The Titans are expected to run more collegiate-spread scheme to maximize Mariota’s ability in 2018. The Rams have had success with the spread this past season, too.

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