Robert Saleh’s expected offensive coordinator with the jets has strong family roots in the NFL.
Mike LaFleur, younger brother of Matt LaFleur, coach of the Green Bay Packers, Thought to be coming with Saleh From San Francisco 49 to New York, according to Brian Costello of The Post.
The 33-year-old LaFleur has been on the crew of Kyle Shanahan with the Niners for the past four seasons as the team’s passing game coordinator. He also worked as a large-scale reception coach for his first two years with the team before Wes Welker was appointed to the position in 2019.
LaFleur, a former midfielder at Elmhurst College (Illinois), previously worked with Shanahan as an offensive coach at Cleveland (2014) and as an offensive assistant in Atlanta (2015-16) when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator with those NFL teams.
Shanahan had joked in December that he had told Salih – the then-defense coordinator for the Niners – that he could not take any aides in San Francisco if he had major training.
“I still tell him he’s not allowed to take anyone,” Shanahan said. “Sometimes I can lighten up a little bit of that, but usually I put the bar very low, and then we’ll see what happens next.”
Matt LaFleur requested to meet his younger brother to open the Green Bay attack coordinator in 2019, but Shanahan refused the request. The NFL put in place a rule in 2020 prohibiting teams from preventing offensive assistants from interviewing for coordinator positions.
Matt LaFleur was the coach of the Packers for two seasons, leading them to the NFC Championship match last season and a 13-3 mark this year. They are NFC number 1 and will face the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday in the division tour.