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Not so fast on Schottenheimer to St. Louis

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On Sunday night, Mike Lombardi of reported that the Rams offered, and former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will accept, the position of offensive coordinator on Jeff Fisher’s staff.

And so it was jarring to see the blurb from MDS, citing Chris Mortensen of ESPN, that former Raiders coach Hue Jackson will interview for the job.

Per Mort, Schottenheimer is still considered the favorite, but Hue “gets a shot.”

But the gist of Mort’s report is that Schottenheimer hasn’t been offered, and hasn’t accepted, the position.

It could be that Fisher has given Jackson an interview as a courtesy, in order to inject his name back into the NFL news cycle a week after he was fired.  With Fisher preferring a power-running game in the past, Jackson’s more pass-happy attack wouldn’t seem to fit.

Or maybe the powers-that-be in St. Louis weren’t thrilled with the initial reaction to the decision to import Schottenheimer, who has been widely blamed for the poor performance of the “ground and pound” offense in New York.

Either way, this fairly important position on the staff of a head coach with a background in defense remains unfilled.  And the development of quarterback Sam Bradford hangs in the balance.

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Eli muses about a Manhattan Manning reunion

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With all the chatter about Colts quarterback Peyton Manning possibly pulling a Favre and trading his years of Indy equity for a fresh start in the Big Apple, his brother Eli has gotten in on the talk, too.

It would be fun,” Eli tells WEPN-AM, via  “We could probably commute to work maybe, and, you know, come home, eat dinner together and have the kids be playing.”

Eli then continued to have fun with the possibility of sharing a city with his sibling:  “Twin beds . . . we could share notes on opponents and watch some film together.”

But then Eli, who has a chance to double his brother’s career Super Bowl wins in the House That Peyton Built, turned serious.

“[W]ould it be fun?” Eli said.  “Yeah, I think it would be interesting to have your brother in the same city playing football together.  I don’t think we would see each other that often, just ’cause I . . . think our schedules would be a whole lot different, probably just talk on the phone more than see each other during the season, but, you know, it would be interesting.

“I’m not saying it’s gonna happen or I want it to happen, but to have your brother that close to you and playing in New York would be very unique.”

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Eli’s remarks is his willingness to so openly entertain something that should seem unthinkable.  In this latest edition of “What Else Would You Expect Eli To Say When Asked A Direct Question?,” the safer response would have been something like, “I can’t imagine Peyton playing for anyone other than the Colts, and it’s ridiculous to try to envision him in any other uniform.”

The fact that something that gives much more credence to the possibility of Peyton leaving the Colts popped out of Eli’s mouth suggests that the Brothers Manning have been talking about a not-so-distant future that entails Peyton playing in a different city.

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Rams to interview Hue Jackson for offensive coordinator

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Hue Jackson may not be unemployed for long.

Jackson, who was fired a week ago as coach of the Raiders, is now a candidate to become the next offensive coordinator of the Rams. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher will interview Jackson on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old Jackson has a wealth of experience as an offensive coordinator: He held the position in Oakland in 2010 before becoming head coach in 2011, and he coordinated the offenses under Bobby Petrino with the 2007 Falcons and under Steve Spurrier with the 2003 Redskins. In college Jackson was offensive coordinator at USC from 1997 to 2000 and at Cal in 1996.

Fisher has already hired a former NFL head coach to be his defensive coordinator, with Gregg Williams taking the St. Louis job yesterday.

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