Brian Schottenheimer unfazed by head coaching speculation


As holiday traditions go, it’s among the most traditional.

The NFL head coaching rumor cycle starts, and Brian Schottenheimer’s name floats to the top.

The Rams offensive coordinator was mentioned during last week’s Rams-Vikings broadcast as a potential candidate for head coaching jobs, but he said he’s happy in St. Louis.

“At the end of the day I think I have a great job,” Schottenheimer said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I work for a great organization. I know I work with the best head coach in the National Football League in Coach [Jeff] Fisher. Got a really young football team that’s building something special, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it, . . . and hope to be here for a long time.”

His name has been a fixture in recent offseasons, and he interviewed for the Jaguars job this offseason. He said he’s allowed himself to get excited before, but wants to keep things in perspective.

“Well, first off I know Brian’s ready,” Fisher said. “He’s ready to handle the job and he’s capable. I think he’d do a great job at it. Certainly, he’s been around the game for a long time. He’s got a great pedigree, and this is the time of the year when people start throwing names out there.”

And until he gets a chance to follow in his father’s footsteps, the constant speculation will continue.