Niners passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur signed contract extension during playoffs
When a team makes a Super Bowl, others will try to pluck away bits of their coaching staff to replicate their success. The San Francisco 49ers are on-top of that. During the playoffs, they extended passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
LaFleur, 33, was on an expiring contract before the extension. He had wanted to go to the Green Bay Packers to work under head coach Matt LaFleur, his brother. However, with San Francisco locking him up, that will not happen, as he will stay on the uber-talented Kyle Shanahan-led staff.
LaFleur is in his third season on the 49ers’ coaching staff. He began his career in San Francisco as a wide receivers coach. Before, he was an intern with the Cleveland Browns and assistant with the Atlanta Falcons — he was with Shanahan both times.
Though not officially offensive coordinator, LaFleur is essentially one for the 49ers. Along with running game coordinator Mike McDaniel, he plays a big role in creating game plans. Shanahan is the play-caller.
LaFleur has not received much hype to be a head coach like his older brother. For him, that’s not a bad thing. He’s not ready for it.
“I don’t think of it right now and I tell my brother and my wife the same thing: I don’t feel ready for it,” LaFleur said on Friday, via KNBR. “I feel like I’m ready for the spot I’m in right now and continue to grow. Getting back in the quarterback room this last year from receivers has helped me grow tremendously.”
Eventually, if the 49ers continue to succeed, LaFleur will get looks as a head coach. For now, he’s in San Francisco, where he will grow under Shanahan’s watchful eye.