The Tennessee Titans wrapped up their 3rd interview for their vacant head coaching position today, speaking with the Rams’ offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. The team confirmed their meeting with this release.
LaFleur is the 3rd man to interview for the job, following Mike Vrabel and Steve Wilks yesterday.
Here’s TitansOnline’s Jim Wyatt’s sell-job on LaFleur.
LaFleur is known for his offensive mind, and he has an impressive track record in developing quarterbacks. He helped the Rams offense evolve from one of the NFL’s least productive groups in 2016 to a potent offense in 2017.
Goff made great strides while working under LaFleur, and he’s also tutored Ryan.
LaFleur is off the coaching tree of Sean McVay (Rams) and Kyle Shanahan (Atlanta), so he could bring a unique set of offensive ideas to the Titans.
LaFleur would play a key role in helping further develop Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is headed into his fourth NFL season.
LaFleur is just 38 years old. It’s kind of crazy that Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay already have coaching trees. Everyone is trying to duplicate what the Rams did last season with McVay, but I would be hesitant here.
McVay still calls the plays for the Rams, which begs the question on whether or not LaFleur is ready for this responsibility. I would feel much more comfortable hiring him as an offensive coordinator, giving him full control of play-calling duties. Who knows if he would even be open to that, but it would be hard for me to hand someone the keys to the franchise without that proven ability.
From here, we really don’t know where the Titans will go. Obviously, there are some legitimate candidates still coaching this weekend. Now, the waiting game begins. As soon as we get wind of who the next interview will be, we’ll have it here for you.