As an NFL coach, there are certain clubs that you want to join. In modern times, few groups are hotter than The Athletic’s “NFL 40 Under 40,” and a New York Jets assistant made the cut in 2022.
The 2021 edition features Sean McVay and Zac Taylor, who led their respective teams to the Super Bowl. Not only does this list have championship history in recent years, but many of the names on this list have also been interviewed for a head coach promotion – if they don’t already hold that title.
The new wave in offices and owner’s rooms has been young hires because, as we know, the NFL is a copycat league. If coaches under 40 are winning titles, expect more to be given a position of power.
A notable name for the Green Gang in the field is offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, whose head coaching duties involve his bloodline with his brother Matt LaFleur in Green Bay.
ALL the latest news about Jets to your inbox! Participation The Jets-heavy newsletter is here!
Join Heavy on Jets!
LaFleur named in Top 40 Under 40
NFL senior writer Lindsay Jones has put together this list again. For LaFleur’s part, she detailed:
Very little has happened to the Jets’ attack in 2021 with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and LaFleur, the first-year offensive coordinator. But with an added offensive line-up and a year’s worth of lessons learned, LaFleur has a real opportunity to grow professionally.
LaFleur, the younger brother of Packers coach Matt LaFleur, joins Robert Saleh’s staff in New York after working for Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco and Atlanta. He is currently leading a cut offensive line-up, alongside quarterback coach Rob Calabrese, as they attempt to accelerate Wilson’s development in Year 2.
‘For him to come in, raise your head, [with the] The faith and strength he showed was pretty amazing, and I think it passed, because the offense did nothing but get better as the year went on,” Saleh told reporters this month. ‘The second time as a coordinator, the second year, it just keeps getting better and better. Glad to see him grow. ‘
Follow Heavy On Jets The Facebook page where you can weigh in on all the latest Related to NYJ Daily content, analysis, features and more!
Year 2 can speed up the process
As Jones and Coach Saleh have noted, sophomore year could be an entirely different story for LaFleur. It’s hard to forget the calls from fans to fire the new OC after the first month or two he’s on the job – but then the offense improves and the story changes.
At the end of 2021, LaFleur’s creativity began to shine, helping players as diverse as Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios hold the ball as much as possible. The system finally took shape and fans were more than satisfied with the product on the field.
It’s all with a rookie or a reserve midfielder and very few weapons on the narrow end and wide receiver.
Now that LaFleur is locked in and loaded with three new high-energy tight endings (CJ Uzomah, Tyler Conklin and Jeremy Ruckert), a new dynamic runs back to match Michael Carter (Breece Hall), a new first-round expansion (Garrett Wilson), and an additional offensive line-up that adds Laken Tomlinson with Mekhi Becton set to return.
Without a doubt, LaFleur will stick with Wilson. He is a major part of the brain trust that created him and he will play an important role in his development. Having said that, this offense now works to ease the pressure on the midfield.
Wilson doesn’t need to break the record in 2022 for LaFleur to continue on his way, but if the young shooter takes off, those head coach offers will come a lot quicker than expected.
https://heavy.com/sports/new-york-jets/mike-lafleur-top-40-under-40/ Jets OC Mike LaFleur Named for Exclusive NFL Club