Robert Saleh’s expected offensive coordinator with the Jets has strong NFL family roots.
Mike LaFleur, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, is believed to be coming with Saleh from the San Francisco 49ers to New York, according to The Post’s Brian Costello.
The 33-year-old LaFleur has been on Kyle Shanahan’s staff with the Niners for the past four seasons as the team’s passing game coordinator. He also served as wide receivers coach for his first two years with the team before Wes Welker was hired to fill that role in 2019.
LaFleur, a former Elmhurst College (Illinois) quarterback, previously worked with Shanahan as an offensive intern in Cleveland (2014) and as an offensive assistant in Atlanta (2015-16) when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator with those NFL teams.
Shanahan had joked in December that he informed Saleh — then the Niners’ defensive coordinator — that he couldn’t take any San Francisco assistants with him if he landed a head coaching gig.
“I keep telling him he’s not allowed to take anyone,” Shanahan said. “Sometimes I can ease up a little bit on that, but I usually set the bar very low, and then we’ll see what happens after.”
Matt LaFleur requested to interview his younger brother for Green Bay’s offensive coordinator opening in 2019, but Shanahan denied the request. The NFL instituted a rule in 2020 preventing teams from blocking offensive assistants from interviewing for coordinator positions.
Matt LaFleur has been the head coach of the Packers for two seasons, leading them to the NFC Championship Game last season and a 13-3 mark this year. They are the No. 1-overall seed in the NFC and will face the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday in the divisional round.