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Jeff Fisher: Bradford will thrive under “outstanding” Schottenheimer


Rams coach Jeff Fisher continues to insist that Sam Bradford’s disappointing 2011 season should be discounted because he was thrust into a new offense with no offseason, and that Bradford will pick right up where he left off in his promising rookie year under the new Rams coaching staff.

Fisher told Jim Rome on Rome that he has no doubt that the real Bradford is the one who was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010, and not the one who struggled through an ugly 2011. And Fisher said the coaching staff the Rams have in place will be the right one to get Bradford back on track.

“You have to kind of delete last year, look back to the way he played his rookie year, under Pat Shurmur, who did a great job with him in this offense,” Fisher said. “We’re very excited. Brian Schottenheimer’s an outstanding coach and we’ve got a fabulous quarterbacks coach in Frank Cignetti. They’re off to a real good start. It’s really fun to watch him work and watch him improve.”

Fisher said he gave no consideration to using the second overall pick on Robert Griffin III and always wanted to trade down and build a good team around Bradford.

“The reason I came here is because of Sam,” Fisher said. “We’ve got a franchise quarterback here.”

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34 Responses to “Jeff Fisher: Bradford will thrive under “outstanding” Schottenheimer”
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: May 24, 2012 6:42 PM

    I think Bradford could be a good qb. I know Schottenheimer is horrible at play calling. The wrong coordinator got banned for the Rams.

  2. mikelitoris1 says: May 24, 2012 6:43 PM

    “Bradford will thrive under “outstanding” Schottenheimer”

    Uh oh.

  3. i, flounder says: May 24, 2012 6:43 PM

    you didn’t state it in the blog post, but was he able to call shottenheimer outstanding while keeping a straight face?

  4. schmitty2 says: May 24, 2012 6:54 PM

    Most people (myself included) would agree Shotty is not a great OC BUT he might be the kind of guy Bradford needs. When you don’t have a number 1 wr and a horrible offensive line you need to have a conservative game plan. Look for a lot of handoffs to Jackson and dink and dunk passes-basically the same offense they had in Bradford’s rookie season

  5. illiniftw says: May 24, 2012 6:57 PM

    They need to stick with an OC or they’re going to turn him into the next Alex Smith

  6. gbrown23 says: May 24, 2012 7:11 PM

    Typical “Outstandung” Schotemhimer drive:
    1st down-5 yrd run
    2nd down-Shotgun. bubble screen. 2 yrd loss
    3rd-2 yrd slant

    You can subsititute slants on first and second too, Have fun Sam Bradford!

  7. tfbuckfutter says: May 24, 2012 7:18 PM

    Jeff Fisher and Brian Schottenheimer teaming up?

    At least you got to cash in on a big payday once Sam. Kiss that career good-bye.

  8. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 24, 2012 7:19 PM

    Dear Sam. We’re really looking forward to getting together again soon.

    The Niners Defense

  9. jwayne111 says: May 24, 2012 7:27 PM

    ditto gbrown23

    Gotta be just tickled to have a Schottenheimer on your staff…who pulled a favor to hire him?

    Puzzeled in Atlanta ?????

  10. chrisjohnston10 says: May 24, 2012 7:31 PM

    Shotty is a downgrade from McDaniels.

  11. nineroutsider says: May 24, 2012 7:35 PM

    Perhaps, but he won’t thrive on 9er week!

  12. backindasaddle says: May 24, 2012 7:43 PM

    Bradford is the real deal. He proved that in his rookie year. Anybody could see the kid has what it takes. His success will be because of HIM and will have nothing to do with the so called “outstanding” Schottenheimer. If Schottsy is so “outstanding” why then was he purged from the Jets??? Actually, I don’t think you can blame Schottsy entirely for the abysmal season the Jerks offense had last year. I think it was a combination of Justin Bieber Sanchez’s immaturity, turd receivers spreading cancer, and Schottsy’s ineffectiveness in his job. Schottsy is hardly “outstanding”. If Bradford does well…. it will be entirely because of Bradford himself and rather in spite of Schottsy. Schottsy is were he is because his dads cache’ got him into the good ol’ boys club and most assuredly is NOT because he’s “outstanding”.

  13. jetfanoverseas says: May 24, 2012 7:49 PM

    How a smart guy like Jeff Fisher could hire someone as awful as Schotty is something I will never understand. The sad thing is Bradford really does have all the tools, but now he will have to learn a system that is predicated on fooling and outsmarting everyone on defense, but only succeeds in fooling his own offensive players. For crying out loud, his own coach Rex Ryan said that he couldn’t get involved in the offense because it was too difficult for him to comprehend. Not a single Jet player has said a good word about him since he left, as opposed to Sparano who was warmly praised by many Dolphin players. I thank God every day that he is no longer a Jet. My heartfelt condolences to Bradford.

  14. wwwmattcom says: May 24, 2012 7:57 PM

    Who knows how Schotty will do. He has a real qb this year. Of course if you are a Jet fan you will be rooting against him in hopes Sanchez wasn’t the problem but he was err is and then there’s that tebow guy.

  15. totallydisgusted says: May 24, 2012 8:05 PM

    Schotty is gonna run Jackson into the ground and have Bradford throw one pass a series. I love to watch a good ground game get going but even wanna see the forward pass here and there. Rams fans you may not get a lot of wins this year but you’ll get a lot of sleep.

  16. trollaikman8 says: May 24, 2012 8:13 PM

    >Schottenheimer not named Marty

    Pick one.

  17. bucsfan5000 says: May 24, 2012 8:55 PM

    Well, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton did fine with new offenses and no off season.

  18. nyjalleffingday says: May 24, 2012 9:47 PM


    I knew this argument was gonna sprout up, Schottenheimers terribleness dates back longer than Sanchez does. He ran poor offenses with Chad Pennington, Ray Lucas and Brett Favre too. Think before you speak.

  19. catquick says: May 24, 2012 9:51 PM

    I thought his ankle was still bad from last year?

  20. mwcarolina says: May 24, 2012 9:54 PM

    Cam Newton and Andy Dalton did fine with new offenses and no off season.
    true, but in Bradford’s defense, his WRs stunk and his line got injured which then got Bradford injured and his defense also let him down. whatever went wrong, went wrong. As for Schottenheimer, he’s not outstanding as a coordinator and as a fan of Bradford, hope he can win despite Schottenheimer

  21. thermalito says: May 24, 2012 9:54 PM

    I hope Bradford can turn into a good QB in time for the Rams return to Los Angeles next year.

  22. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 24, 2012 10:25 PM

    Fisher is like Jim jones, purple kool aid cult in st Louis.

  23. thegreatgabbert says: May 24, 2012 11:15 PM

    The whole “coach ’em up” routine is a joke. Every new coach talks like the player has never been given a word of advice before in his life. Bradford comes out of college as the top draft pick, has an OROTY first year, and they’re acting like he just hopped off a bus from the family farm. Wasn’t Josh McDaniels a noted “quarterback guru”? How did that work?

  24. ramchief says: May 24, 2012 11:16 PM

    Next year? I think their lease ay EJD might be a problem.

  25. lolb23 says: May 24, 2012 11:28 PM

    Bradford will be lucky to make it past the Lions front 4 in week 1 let alone a whole season with those crud tackles Fisher refused to upgrade. And who’s he’s going to throw to? His best WR plays for Tom Brady now.

  26. buffedwhiteman says: May 24, 2012 11:35 PM

    bucsfan5000 says: May 24, 2012 8:55 PM

    Well, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton did fine with new offenses and no off season.

    Panthers/Bengals = superior offensive personnel

  27. wwwmattcom says: May 24, 2012 11:40 PM


    I knew this argument was gonna sprout up, Schottenheimers terribleness dates back longer than Sanchez does. He ran poor offenses with Chad Pennington, Ray Lucas and Brett Favre too. Think before you speak.

    You just named three quarterbacks whose names are Pennington, Favre (post packers) and Ray Lucas. What was your defense? Insanity? Think before you type, proof read, then delete and walk away.

  28. patriots55 says: May 25, 2012 7:03 AM

    Just because he had one good season does not make him a good QB

  29. tennesseeoilers says: May 25, 2012 7:56 AM

    While the jury’s still out on Brian Schottenheimer, I’m certain Fisher’s first choice for Rams’ OC would’ve been Mike Heimerdinger. Dinger not only stretched Fisher’s conservative approach (in a good way), he groomed Steve McNair into an MVP caliber QB and his greatest—and most under-reported accomplishment—he mentored Vince Young into a deep-ball throwing QB with a 98.6 passer rating his final season with him … at which point Dinger began his losing battle with cancer.

  30. bradfordrocks says: May 25, 2012 8:31 AM

    look who’s offense got the jets to two straight afc championship games.

  31. chrisjohnston10 says: May 25, 2012 9:27 AM

    bradfordrocks says:
    May 25, 2012 8:31 AM
    look who’s offense got the jets to two straight afc championship games.
    McDaniels offense got the patriots to two straight AFC championship games of which the pats won the second one. McDaniels is a better OC than Shotty and the rams should have tried harder to keep him.

  32. nyjalleffingday says: May 25, 2012 11:24 AM


    Lol okay, why don’t you look at Drew Brees’ numbers under Schottenheimer again, hmm? Is he a real QB? I mean, I know Brett Favre and Chad Pennington aren’t real QB’s, but…

    Brian Schottenheimers offense was only ranked better than 15th in the league only once in his entire career, and that was in 2010 WITH Sanchez. He has not once ever successfully developed a QB. He is not a good offensive coordinator, you are a moron, and you also don’t know what you’re talking about. Again, I request you think before you speak, it would save me trouble.

  33. getrammed11 says: May 25, 2012 12:11 PM

    I know that Schottenheimer may not be the best OC but the jets scored way more points last year than the rams.

  34. Piter Damacino says: May 25, 2012 12:59 PM

    I still have doubts about Brian Schottenheimer

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