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09/02/2014

Brian Kelly Michigan Preview Press Conference Transcript

Brian Kelly spoke with the media on the upcoming game with Michigan

08/19/2014

Football Media Day Transcript With Coaches and Players

Coaches and players spoke with the media on Tuesday

PERSONAL INFO

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Mich.

High School: Mt. Pleasant High School

College: Saginaw Valley State (Physical and Health Education, 2003)

College: Central Michigan (Administration, 2011)

Wife: BreAnne

Children: Sons: Luke and Ty

COACHING CAREER

2003 Saginaw Valley State Offensive Assistant

2004-05 Central Michigan Offensive Assistant

2006 Northern Michigan Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

2007 Ashland Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

2008-09 Houston Texans Offensive Assistant

2010-13 Washington Redskins Quarterbacks

2014 Notre Dame Quarterbacks

BOWLS/PLAYOFFS COACHED

2003 Saginaw Valley State NCAA Division II Quarterfinals

2007 Ashland NCAA Division II First Round

2012 Washington Redskins NFL Playoffs

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

2000-02 Saginaw Valley State Quarterback

1998-99 Western Michigan Quarterback/Wide Receiver

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • LaFleur opens his first year as the Irish quarterbacks coach in 2014.
  • LaFleur comes to Notre Dame after spending the past four seasons in the same capacity with the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
  • LaFleur spent two seasons on Kelly's staff at Central Michigan (2004-05) as an offensive assistant, but garnered the most praise during his tenure with the Redskins (2010-13) under Mike Shanahan.
  • LaFleur was instrumental in the development of quarterbacks, especially the growth of a pair of rookie signal callers Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
  • In 2012, LaFleur performed one of the most prominent coaching jobs in the NFL that season. He had the task of developing the Heisman Trophy winner and Cousins into starting signal callers.
  • Griffin III, who became the first Redskins rookie quarterback selected to the Pro Bowl, led Washington to its first NFC East title in 13 years. He established Redskins rookie records in pass completions (258), passing yards (3,200), passing touchdowns (20) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815). Griffin III set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4), percentage of passes had intercepted (1.3) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815).
  • In addition to overseeing Griffin III's meteoric rise in 2012, LaFleur developed vital depth at the position with fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins, whose play was crucial in Washington's seven-game winning streak to seal a division title. With Griffin III sidelined by an injury, Cousins led the Redskins to an eight-point fourth-quarter comeback and a win in overtime vs. Baltimore in Week 14. Cousins returned a week later against Cleveland in his first ever start, passing for team-season-high 329 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 15 road victory.
  • In 2011, LaFleur helped veteran quarterback Rex Grossman establish a single-season career high in completions (265). Under LaFleur's tutelage, Grossman also set career highs for yards per game (242.4) and completion percentage (57.9), and helped facilitate career years for receiver Jabar Gaffney and tight end Fred Davis.
  • In his first season in Washington in 2010, LaFleur helped the Redskins' quarterbacks set a franchise season record for completions (349) and amass the third-highest gross passing yards total in franchise history (4,261). In addition, his quarterbacks threw a touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games for the first time in team history and led the league with nine completions of at least 50 yards. In working with LaFleur, quarterback Rex Grossman posted two of his three career 300-yard passing games in his three starts in 2010.
  • Prior to joining the Redskins, LaFleur spent the 2008-09 seasons as offensive assistant for the Houston Texans. In 2009, LaFleur worked with the Texans' quarterbacks. That season, Matt Schaub led the NFL with 4,770 passing yards and 396 completions, and ranked fifth with 29 touchdowns and seventh with a 98.6 passer rating. Under their guidance, Houston's offense finished first in the NFL in passing (4,654 yards) and fourth in total offense (6,129 yards).
  • LaFleur worked with the wide receivers in his first season in Houston. That year, Andre Johnson led the NFL with 115 catches and 1,575 receiving yards. In addition, fellow receiver Kevin Walter totaled 60 catches for 899 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • Prior to joining the Texans, LaFleur worked at Ashland University as the offensive coordinator, coaching the quarterbacks and wide receivers. LaFleur began his coaching career at Saginaw Valley State as an offensive assistant in 2003 before taking the same position at Central Michigan from 2004-05. He coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers at Northern Michigan in 2006.
  • LaFleur remained at Saginaw Valley State as an offensive assistant in 2003 and played a part in a 34-20 victory over Grand Valley State (Kelly's only defeat during his back-to-back NCAA Division II national championship seasons).

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • LaFleur earned a bachelor's degree in physical and health education from Saginaw Valley State in 2003. He achieved a master's degree in science in administration from Central Michigan in 2011.
  • LaFleur played quarterback for three years at Saginaw Valley State (2000-02). He guided the Cardinals to a 29-8 (9-3, 11-2, 9-3) record over his three seasons and led Saginaw Valley to three straight NCAA Division II playoff appearances.
  • The program has not bettered the 9-3 marks either before or since.

DYNAMIC DISCIPLES

QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

  • Griffin III, who became the first Redskins rookie quarterback selected to the Pro Bowl, led Washington to the 2012 NFC East title - its first division title in 13 years.
  • Griffin III established Redskins rookie records in pass completions (258), passing yards (3,200), passing touchdowns (20) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815).
  • Griffin III set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4), percentage of passes had intercepted (1.3) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815).

QB Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

  • LaFleur developed vital depth at the quarterback position with fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins, whose play was crucial in Washington's seven-game winning streak to seal a division title.
  • With Griffin III sidelined by an injury, Cousins led the Redskins to an eight-point fourth-quarter comeback and a win in overtime vs. Baltimore in Week 14. Cousins returned a week later against Cleveland in his first ever start, passing for team-season-high 329 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 15 road victory.

QB Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins

  • In 2011, LaFleur helped veteran quarterback Rex Grossman establish a single-season career high in completions (265). Grossman also set career highs for yards per game (242.4) and completion percentage (57.9).

QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

  • In 2009, LaFleur helped Schaub lead the NFL with 4,770 passing yards and 396 completions. Schaub ranked fifth in the league with 29 touchdowns and seventh with a 98.6 passer rating.

WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

  • In 2008, under the aid of LaFleur, Johnson led the NFL with 115 catches and 1,575 receiving yards.

Matt LaFleur
Matt  LaFleur

Position:
Quarterbacks

Alma Mater:
Saginaw Valley State '03

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