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Brian Schottenheimer’s long-rumored job with the Rams will soon become official.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Schottenheimer has indeed been hired as the Rams’ offensive coordinator. Hue Jackson was also in the mix for the job and Thomas reports it was a “close call” between the two men.

This meshes with what Rams coach Jeff Fisher told Florio and Russ Thaler on Friday’s NBC SportsTalk.  Fisher said he wanted an offense built around a strong running game and sound pass protection.

Schottenheimer, once viewed as a rising star in the coaching profession, has taken a lot of heat for his offense in New York. Even Rex Ryan called him out Friday, saying “the verbiage that we had last season was probably a little much.”

That verbiage will now travel to St. Louis, where we’ll get a better idea if the Jets’ failings were more about Schottenheimer’s offense or Mark Sanchez.

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45 Responses to “Brian Schottenheimer lands with Rams”
  1. loripetty says: Jan 21, 2012 1:05 PM

    Well the Rams got lucky, I’m sure there was a lot of demand for the guy who devised the 25th ranked total offense in the league

  2. chmba says: Jan 21, 2012 1:07 PM

    Let’s see. He has already failed at bringing a young QB along; his offense went nowhere before; players can’t understand his offense; and, his last team is in disarray. What a resume for an “upcoming coach.”

    What it really is turns out to be what a “good ole boys club” the NFL is where Rams owner shells out major bucks for a “high demand” head coach who really hasn’t accomplished much in the past; a defensive coordinator from one of the 3 worst defenses in the league – said defense which just blew the playoffs for his former employer – and and offensive coordinator from one of the worst offenses. Good luck St. Louis!

    Oh well, good news for my Saints and Packers. Probably won’t have to worry about the Rams for a few years other than getting stuck possibly getting stuck playing against them in Wembly Stadium some time.

  3. themonster49 says: Jan 21, 2012 1:07 PM

    Sorry Rams fans.

  4. mikeyz6 says: Jan 21, 2012 1:07 PM

    now st louis rams fans can enjoy the mediocre and readability

  5. brenenostler says: Jan 21, 2012 1:08 PM

    If Josh McDaniels couldn’t get this offense going, I’d love to see if Schotty can.

  6. dsimp724 says: Jan 21, 2012 1:11 PM

    The london fans are pshyced. They are used to 3-0 “football games”

  7. seattlerogueburner says: Jan 21, 2012 1:11 PM

    Jeff Fisher failed with Vince Young.
    Snotenheimer failed with Mark Sanchez.

    And here I thought the Rams would be a worthy opponent this next season.

  8. daknight93 says: Jan 21, 2012 1:12 PM

    I would’ve prefer hue jackson over schottenheimer… The New “St. Louis Jets”could be a boring offense to watch in 2012

  9. fissels says: Jan 21, 2012 1:15 PM

    Brian will be happy to call plays for a QB with an arm

  10. bflobacker says: Jan 21, 2012 1:15 PM

    Bradford > Sanchez

  11. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 21, 2012 1:18 PM

    Well Sam Bradford, you actually had a pretty decent rookie campaign.

    And no matter how little the Rams seem to care about developing you or the offense at this point, no one can take that away from you.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 21, 2012 1:28 PM

    “Rex Ryan called him out Friday, saying ”the verbiage that we had last season was probably a little much.”

    Yeah, the same verbiage that was fine to get the Jets to the AFCCG 2 years in a row is suddenly “a little much”.

    Just a blatant excuse by Ryan to try and hide the real problems with the team. Which of course its impossible to do given that none of them ever shut their mouths.

  13. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jan 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    That sound was every Dynasty Fantasy Football player collectively dropping Sam Bradford.

  14. slickmarine says: Jan 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    @loripetty says:Jan 21, 2012 1:05 PM

    Well the Rams got lucky, I’m sure there was a lot of demand for the guy who devised the 25th ranked total offense in the league

    This is GREATNESS! Thanks for one of the funniest lines of the week!

  15. 6ball says: Jan 21, 2012 1:33 PM


    We’ve got “supercoach ” Fisher and his kid, Greg Williams and his kid, Brian Schottenheimer ……. and I suppose Marty is waiting in the wings.

    St Louis fans deserve better than “team nepotism. ”


  16. roamingabriel says: Jan 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    This is fantastic news.

    Fisher got his man again.

    Building one block at a time.

    You people shouldn’t be so negative, just because your teams’ futures don’t compare to ours…

  17. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Wow – every coaching hire by every team so far is unpopular.

    There must be only like 2 good coaches out there in the world.

  18. jpb12 says: Jan 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    Can’t wait for Schotty’s book. All about footwork in the Jets locker room

  19. grpatriot says: Jan 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    Verbiage a little much? No habla Sancheese?

  20. KIR says: Jan 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    Say what you want about Hue but at the end you still will have to say he had the #9 ranked offense after losing, his QB, MVP RB, and best 2 receivers. Before McFadden went down the Raiders were 7-4 led their division and a lock for the playoffs. For a 1st year coach to get fired after that is unheard of.

  21. tombrookshire says: Jan 21, 2012 1:53 PM

    2011 Jets was a classic case of overpromise and underdeliver. Ryan should let the team’s play do the talking.

  22. schmitty2 says: Jan 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Oh great! Us Ram’s fans get to look foward to 4 yard passes on 3rd and 7. And to think we though Shurmur was a way too conserative playcaller.

  23. ytownie says: Jan 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    I feel bad for Sam Bradford. Three OC’s in three years aand all three with different offensive styles. Yep, thats the way to develop a franchise QB.

  24. footballfundamentals says: Jan 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    Strong running game and sound pass protection…..

    Sounds like the formula for every team except possibly the patriots

  25. melikefootball says: Jan 21, 2012 2:15 PM

    Brian had to deal with a lot of big headed ego crazy players in new York. None of these players wanted to buy into his system, worried to much of their stats than to win games. Don’t believe just watch the replays of the huddle Homes looking far from a captain in a critical part of the game. So lets blame it on Schottenheimer.

  26. wwwmattcom says: Jan 21, 2012 2:15 PM

    Now you will see Schotty with a good QB.

  27. bleed4philly says: Jan 21, 2012 2:38 PM

    Getting to the afc championship twice with Mark Sanchez was a monumental achievement.

  28. yettyskills says: Jan 21, 2012 2:51 PM

    Great hire Rams

    Now he won’t have the NY Media & Rex crying to him to open up the passing game when his version of Marty ball was doing great.

    Nobody was crying when the Jets were one of the leaders in rushing.

  29. txttn says: Jan 21, 2012 3:16 PM

    Just remember…this is the same head coach who thought bringing in Norm Chow as offensive coordinator was a great idea for a team drafting a new QB…

  30. riverhorsey says: Jan 21, 2012 3:23 PM

    Schotty takes the Jets O to 2 straight NFC championships w an average QB and suddenly he’s the problem the next year?

    Come on man.

  31. voiceofrealism says: Jan 21, 2012 3:24 PM

    said it before, I’ll say it again. Nobody wins a Superbowl with a Schottenheimer on the staff.

  32. rosloe62 says: Jan 21, 2012 3:57 PM

    I thought NY fans were somewhat intelligent…wrong again. Sanchez sucks as a QB, not Schotz as an OC. Bradford is far superior to Sanchez! We’ll see next year as the Jets suck again.

  33. nemyx1 says: Jan 21, 2012 4:26 PM

    It seems Sam Bradford is going the way of Alex Smith. New Coaches new OCs every year, oft injured… hopefully he turns things around.

  34. carmelaanthonysoprano says: Jan 21, 2012 4:49 PM

    Schottenheimer got an OC job before Hue Jackson? That’s just terrible.

    Schottenheimer has done nothing but hold people back. Everyone has done better once they’ve left his team. Chad Pennington (Miami makes the playoffs, Pennington gets Comeback Player of the Year), Drew Brees, Brett Favre (near MVP numbers next year in MIN).

    His play calling is predictable, ineffective, and most infuriatingly, extremely arrogant.

    I wish the Rams well, but with Schotty calling the plays things do not look good.

  35. autumnwind999 says: Jan 21, 2012 4:56 PM

    Rams are missing out. Hue worked miracles in Oakland.

    Maybe it’s not too late for Reggie McKenzie, AKA Chubby Checker, to realize the mistake he made and bring Hue back to Oakland.

  36. Deb says: Jan 21, 2012 5:57 PM

    That took long enough. Schottenheimer may have designed the league’s 25th-ranked offense, but that wasn’t entirely his fault. First, he’s working with a marginally talented QB. Then he’s being undermined by a HC who designates offensive captains without input from the team, creating resentment because he’s chosen people the team doesn’t want. Despite the chaos and marginal talent at QB, Schottenheimer still managed to get them to the AFC Championship game two years in a row. The guy worked with Phil Rivers for his first two years in the league. He might be a good person to help Bradford develop.

  37. bossmangunny says: Jan 21, 2012 6:59 PM

    Whew,I wanna thank the media for overhyping this guy.The only good thing the Jets did this year was not retaining this bums services

  38. drewbo22 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:00 PM

    As a Tennessee native, all I can say is get your dust mask ready Rams fans. Because Jeff “Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust” Fisher is there to right the ship.

    I tell you who this bodes well for, Josh Brown the kicker, he will probably lead the NFL in scoring next year.
    He is may fantasy sleeper for the 2012 season. He finished 31st in kicker points in 2011, he will be no worst than a top five scorer at his position. FISHER LOVES HIM SOME FG’s.

  39. wberg21 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    I love how people say Fisher’s a failure, and Schottenheimer failed the Jets. Every past Fisher player says they would run through brick wall for him. He builds teams, not individuals. No, he’s not a hall of famer, but he’s better than about 25 of the current head coaches in the league right now. As far as Schotty goes, you people who think he failed with Sanchez are not realistic. The Jets as an organization failed Sanchez by creating a crap locker room, and bringing in a bunch of individuals who are worried about personal stats.

  40. mavix27 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:30 PM

    Any chance that Dopeyheimer trades for Wayne “Turnstile” Hunter and Matt “Can’t Block” Mulligan from the Jets?

    I can email any Rams fans the plays for the upcoming season…I have them all from the past 6 years. Good Luck.

  41. joecb91 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:53 PM

    “That verbiage will now travel to St. Louis, where we’ll get a better idea if the Jets’ failings were more about Schottenheimer’s offense or Mark Sanchez.”
    No, actually both of them suck

  42. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 21, 2012 9:14 PM

    Jets 2.0

    This team will have a stout defense and will be handcuffed by ineptitude on the offensive side of the ball.

    Funny that a guy that’s had a HC job for 2 weeks may already be on the clock for his way out.

  43. johntonioholmes says: Jan 21, 2012 9:29 PM

    Well, Schottenheimer can hopefully himself worthy. I think that most of his problems stem from the fact that Sanchez is awful.

    Maybe Bradford or whoever is the new QB will be better.

  44. stewballz92 says: Jan 21, 2012 10:11 PM

    Brian Schottenheimer would coordinator with the Jets, but Mark Sanchez was the quarterback. Now if Tebow was the quarterback for the Jets they would be winning the Superbowl right now.

  45. ermur22 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:55 AM

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:33 PM EST
    This is fantastic news.

    Fisher got his man again.

    Building one block at a time.

    You people shouldn’t be so negative, just because your teams’ futures don’t compare to ours…
    R U serious!!??? Lay off the pipe and join reality.

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