Reported new Irish QB coach brings solid credentials

Reported new Irish QB coach brings solid credentials
January 23, 2014, 11:45 am
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Matt LaFleur is joining Brian Kelly's staff to coach Notre Dame's quarterbacks, according to multiple reports. And despite only having about a decade of coaching experience under his belt, he comes to South Bend with some impressive credentials.

During LaFleur's four-year stint as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III set the NFL record for rookie passer rating (102.4). LaFleur also oversaw the development of former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, who emerged as a solid backup to Griffin over the last two years.

While not all of LaFleur's quarterbacks (like Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman) were success stories, that a young quarterback in Griffin was a Pro Bowler in his first season and Cousins played well filling in for him should be encouraging for Notre Dame. He'll have plenty of talent to work with in South Bend, with Everett Golson returning to the team and Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer backing him up.

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LaFleur was let go from Washington as the team purged Mike Shanahan's coaching staff following his firing in late December. Prior to his time with the Redskins, LaFleur was an offensive quality control coach with Houston from 2008-2009. He hasn't coached at the college level since 2007, when he was the offensive coordinator for D-II Ashland University.

More importantly, though, LaFleur does have some experience with Kelly. He spent two seasons as an offensive assistant under Kelly at Central Michigan from 2004-2005 before moving on to coach quarterbacks and receivers at D-II Northern Michigan in 2006.

LaFleur played two years at Western Michigan as a wide receiver before transferring to D-II Saginaw Valley State to play quarterback.