3. Mike LaFleur, Offensive Coordinator, Los Angeles Rams
Picking from the Sean McVay coaching tree is never a bad idea. This season, the Rams were supposed to be a team that didn't compete all too well, considering they have seen a plethora of key names depart from the roster. But, at least offensively, the Rams have been just fine. They check in as the no. 9 overall offense in football, yardage-wise.
Still a top-10 passing attack, despite missing Cooper Kupp for the first few weeks, has been impressive by this offense and it's been led by offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, who works closely with McVay in play calling, of course.
While it's McVay's show, LaFleur is still a very bright offensive mind. He's learning under McVay this year, but LaFleur has also spent a lot of time with Kyle Shanahan. So, in the end, LaFleur actually comes from the Shanahan tree. LaFleur worked under Shanahan as his passing game coordinator from 2017 to 2020 before taking the gig with the New York Jets.
Now, the 36-year-old looks to be an up-and-coming head coaching candidate whom the Commanders would be smart to give a long look.