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It's considered a promotion since he will now have playcalling duties with the Titans.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans hired Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator, selecting him 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 playcalling position, which amounted to a promotion.

Rams head coach Sean McVay could have blocked the move but decided to let LaFleur, 38, progress his career. The Rams promoted Aaron Kromer to run coordinator and Shane Waldron to pass coordinator after LaFleur's departure.

"I'm excited for Matt LaFleur and his family as he transitions to the Titans as offensive coordinator," McVay said in a statement. "We're grateful for his contribution to the Rams and our NFC West Championship season last year. As we move to 2018, we are confident in the leadership and guidance of Aaron Kromer and Shane Waldron as they begin their roles as run coordinator and pass coordinator."


The Titans also officially announced the hire of briefly retired Dean Pees, 68, as defensive coordinator. Pees spent the past eight seasons with the Ravens, including six as defensive coordinator before retiring on Jan. 1.

"I am excited to add both of these guys to our team," Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said in a statement. "Dean brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to our staff. I have seen first-hand how he teaches and develops from our time together and I wanted to bring that same experience to our players here."

Maximizing Mariota and a talented Titans roster will be a priority for LaFleur. Tennessee advanced 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 Mariota, LaFleur, quarterbacks coach Pat O'Hara and 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 Goff in L.A. and Matt Ryan in Atlanta makes him an exciting candidate to help advance Mariota in Tennessee.

LaFleur also helped ignite the Rams' offense that went from last in scoring in 2016 to first in 2017. He was the quarterback's coach during Ryan's MVP 2016 season.

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 playcalling offensive coordinator last season.

Vrabel went with a mixture of experience and youthful energy in filling his coordinator positions.

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.

 

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22263126/tennessee-titans-hire-matt-lafleur-offensive-coordinator

 

 

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6 minutes ago, mattyicefalcon said:

Really? Surely, he lost his marbles in playoffs vs Falcons then!

That was a bad move by Mcvay...inexperience will put him in pit of misery!

You don't know that anymore than I do.

6 minutes ago, HASHBROWN3 said:

Suit yourself.  I think it was a pretty cool move.  Time will tell however.  

I'm happy for him as well, not knocking him.  I wish him the best.  My response to those wanting him as our OC is having zero experience with calling plays.  He has been behind Shanny and McVay so we really don't know how he will be as a fulltime OC where play calling duties will be solely his.  Like I said, wish him the best, I am happy for him, I just don't know how this plays out...especially with the personnel the Titans have built.

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Just now, athell said:

You don't know that anymore than I do.

I'm happy for him as well, not knocking him.  I wish him the best.  My response to those wanting him as our OC is having zero experience with calling plays.  He has been behind Shanny and McVay so we really don't know how he will be as a fulltime OC where play calling duties will be solely his.  Like I said, wish him the best, I am happy for him, I just don't know how this plays out...especially with the personnel the Titans have built.

Oh sure, I get your take & don't have any issues with it really.  I sort of like to see guys get a shot to prove themselves & carve out their own niche in the nfl... it'll take a ton of hard work and some learning by his mistakes as well I imagine.

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5 minutes ago, HASHBROWN3 said:

Oh sure, I get your take & don't have any issues with it really.  I sort of like to see guys get a shot to prove themselves & carve out their own niche in the nfl... it'll take a ton of hard work and some learning by his mistakes as well I imagine.

Yup.  Who knows, he could be the young hotness like McVay was last year in a few years with Tennessee.  I am very curious to see what he does with that offense though given how Mularkey built it around a power run game and mobile qb.

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27 minutes ago, athell said:

He's learned from some great minds...I am curious to see how he does outside of their shadows.  Wish him luck!

Yep no bout adoubt it.

Titans are going to reap the rewards of this guys apprentiship years, and his book of plays and statistical analysis.

 

On the  flip of the  flop we get to see how Ryan progresses with Greg Knapp.

If you love feetball, 2018 season will be fun to watch these Coaching changes and who does what.

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52 minutes ago, Lornoth said:

Now everyone can stop arguing about whether LaFleur could have been a competent OC for us. We'll know soon enough.

I'm sure we'll find something else to run around in circles over. 

 

33 minutes ago, R_The_Great said:

Dan Quinn still hates LaFleur ?  I mean LaFleur was only a part of the one and only MVP season Matt Ryan will ever have and its not good enough.

:shrug:

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42 minutes ago, R_The_Great said:

Dan Quinn still hates LaFleur ?  I mean LaFleur was only a part of the one and only MVP season Matt Ryan will ever have and its not good enough.

Clearly LaFleur was the sole reason for Matt Ryan's success last season.  How could we all be so stupid?  R_The_Great does it again!

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