Notre Dame already lost defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks to Oklahoma in recent days and now another assistant is rumored to be moving on to another job.
Source: Quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur expected to leave Notre Dame to return to the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) February 4, 2015
After one season in South Bend quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur is headed back to the NFL. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, LaFleur was the Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach from 2010-13. He'll be joining the staff of new Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, now the former defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.
LaFleur's short time with the Irish wasn't very memorable. His stock seemed modestly rising in the beginning of the 2014 season when Everett Golson was among the Heisman candidates and Notre Dame raced out to a 6-0 start. However, when the team faltered down the stretch it was LaFleur who came under fire for not doing a good enough job, both on the field and in recruiting.
LaFleur's primary recruiting area was California and the west coast. Despite the Irish bringing in two excellent Cali products in C.J. Sanders and Equanimeous St. Brown it was LaFleur who was perceived by many not to be a valued recruiter on staff. Now it appears Notre Dame will be looking for a new QB coach and shuffling some recruiting responsibilities for the important area of California.