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Mike LaFleur

Offensive Coordinator

College: Elmhurst College

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Mch.

Experience: 9 years

Biography

MIKE LaFLEUR, now in his second season as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff in 2021. In his first season, LaFleur oversaw one of the youngest offenses in the league and just the second team since 1970 with a rookie leader in passing, rushing and receiving yards.

In his first season with the Jets, LaFleur saw four different quarterbacks, three of which entered the season with 10 or fewer starts, throw for 290+ yards, the first team in NFL History to do so, while all four also had two touchdown passes in a game, the first team since 1987 to do. Starting quarterback Zach Wilson, the team's second-overall selection in 2021, returned for injury in Week 12 and finished the season with a team-rookie-record 156 consecutive passes without an interception, while his nine total touchdowns led all rookies over the final eight weeks. Additionally, Mike White made the first start of his career and threw for 400+ yards with a 70+ completion percentage, the first QB in NFL history to do so.

For the fourth consecutive season (Jets 2021, SF 2018-20), LaFleur's offense saw a wide receiver finish in the top 10 among rookies in receiving yards, as 2021 second-round pick, Elijah Moore led the team, the first rookie to do so since 1995, posting 538 yards in 11 games, including 76.5 yards per game between Weeks Eight and 13 (his final six games of the season).

"The run game in general is just critical. That's how we all firmly believe. If you can't run the ball in this league, it's really hard to just have to throw the ball. If we get the run game going, we're going to get a lot of things in the passing game."

And while the rushing offense didn't start 2021 as superlative, it did finish that way as over the last eight games of the season, the Jets offense increased their rushing yards per game by 50+, averaging 5.19 yards per carry, the second best in the league over that span. Led by rookie fourth-round selection Michael Carter, the first rookie to lead the team in rushing since 2006, the Jets run game was a balanced as four different runners gain 3.9+ yards per carry, with all four scoring touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Jets, LaFleur spent four seasons with SF (2017-20), the last three as passing game coordinator. In his time as passing game coordinator, the San Francisco offense finished in the top 10 in scoring (24.9), total offense (370.6) and rushing offense (127.0), while George Kittle, a two-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection, set a then NFL record for a tight end with 1,377 receiving yards (2019). During the 2019 season that finished with an appearance in Super Bowl LIV, the offense had 13 different players with at least one touchdown reception on the season, tying the NFL record for the most players in a single season. Additionally, Jimmy Garoppolo, who registered a .680 winning percentage (17-8), the sixth-best winning percentage in the league. Garoppolo also finished fourth in yards per attempt (8.2), fifth in completion percentage (67.5%) and ninth in passer rating (98.6) among quarterbacks with at least 25 starts since 2018.

Before San Francisco, LaFleur served as an offensive assistant in Atlanta for two seasons, first working with the tight ends (2015) and then wide receivers (2016). In 2016, wide receiver Julio Jones finished second in the league in receiving yards (1,409), averaging 17.0 yards per catch, the fourth-best average in the league among qualified receivers as the Falcons wide receiver group totaled 3,226 yards, the second most that season as the Falcons advanced to Super Bowl LI. In his first season (2015), Jacob Tamme gained 657 yards, a top 10 total in the league for tight ends.

LaFleur began his NFL coaching career as an offensive coaching intern with Cleveland (2014), working with the offensive line. That season, the line helped Browns running backs gained 1,648 yards, the 12th most in the league, producing 16 touchdowns, tied for the second most.

Spending five seasons coaching college football, LaFleur started his career at his alma mater, Elmhurst College, in 2009 as an offensive assistant working with the school's quarterbacks, before moving on to Saint Joseph's College (2010-12) and then Davidson College (2013), finishing his time as the offensive coordinator for both schools.

A native of Mount Pleasant, MI, LaFleur was a team captain and three-time letter winner as a quarterback and safety at Elmhurst, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 2009.

LaFleur and his wife, Lauren, have two children. His father, Denny, won a National Championship at Central Michigan in 1974, before later becoming an assistant coach at the school, while his brother, Matt, is the head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

FLIGHT PATH

New York Jets | 2021-Present

Offensive Coordinator - 2021-Present

San Francisco 49ers | 2017-20

Passing Game Coordinator - 2019-20

Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator - 2018

Wide Receivers/Passing Game Specialist - 2017

Atlanta Falcons | 2015-16

Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers - 2016

Offensive Assistant/Tight Ends - 2015

Cleveland Browns | 2014

Offensive Intern (Offensive Line) - 2014

Davidson College | 2013

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers - 2013

Saint Joseph's College | 2010-12

Offensive Coordinator - 2011-12

Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks - 2010

Elmhurst College | 2009

Offensive Assistant - 2009

PLAYING CAREER

Elmhurst College (Quarterback/Safety) - 2005-08

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