With Matt LaFleur departing the Rams to become the Titans’ offensive coordinator, Los Angeles’ offensive staff will undergo a few more changes.
Head coach Sean McVay promoted offensive line coach Aaron Kromer to run game coordinator and tight ends coach Shane Waldron to pass game coordinator in order to help fill the void. McVay said earlier this month that if coaches leave for better positions with other organizations, his preference is to promote from within. One example of that already happened, as McVay promoted Zac Taylor to quarterbacks coach to replace Greg Olson.
"As we move to 2018, we are confident in the leadership and guidance of Aaron Kromer and Shane Waldron as they begin their roles as run coordinator and pass coordinator,” McVay said in a statement on Tuesday.
This title isn’t new for Kromer, who held the same position for the Saints from 2008-2012. Kromer was instrumental in the Rams’ blocking schemes in 2017, which set up running back Todd Gurley to finish No. 2 with 1,305 yards rushing and No. 1 with 13 rushing touchdowns.
Prior to landing in Los Angeles last year, Kromer spent two years in Buffalo — both of which the Bills finished No. 1 in yards rushing. In 2016, the club had three players rush for at least 500 yards in running back LeSean McCoy (1,267), quarterback Tyrod Taylor (580), and running back Mike Gillislee (577).
Waldron’s first season in L.A. came after he spent a season with McVay in Washington as the team’s offensive quality control coach. That was his first job in the NFL since 2009, when he coached tight ends for the Patriots. In between, Waldron coached a variety of offensive positions in college, including a four-year stop at UMass.
“I do have the luxury of coaching the offensive line and coaching the receivers in my past, so I have a pretty good mix of the understanding of both aspects of the game,” Waldron said in an interview with therams.com upon being hired in 2017.
While the Rams’ offensive coaching staff will look a bit different in 2017 — the club also recently hired former UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch — the top of it remains the same. McVay will still call plays for the No. 1 scoring team in 2017, which should further the development of quarterback Jared Goff.