Mike LaFleur begins his first season with the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff as the offensive coordinator on January 21, 2021. For LaFleur, this season marks his eighth coaching in the NFL, including four seasons with San Francisco, the last three as passing game coordinator.
Since 2018, with LaFleur as passing game coordinator, the 49ers were one of just seven teams in the league to have three different quarterbacks start at least seven games. All three quarterbacks – Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard – finished with at least an 87.2 passer rating, making SF the only of the seven teams to have all three QBs register that rating or higher. Garoppolo, who started 25 games over that span, registered a .680 winning percentage (17-8), the sixth-best winning 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.
Overall, from 2018-20, 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 (2018). In all three seasons with LaFleur as the passing game coordinator, a 49ers drafted wide receiver finished in the top 10 among rookie wide receivers in receiving yards. Brandon Aiyuk (sixth in 2020), Deebo Samuel (fourth in 2019) and Dante Pettis (ninth in 2018) helped San Francisco rookies produce 2,328 receiving yards since 2018, the second most in the league. 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.
Prior to his time in 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.
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
Elmhurst College (Quarterback/Safety) - 2005-08