– During last week’s game against Minnesota, some people were taken aback when they heard the broadcast team mention Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer as a potential head coaching candidate for another team after the season.
– Visions of four offensive coordinators in four seasons danced in their heads and the thought of yet another scheme change and learning curve wrought plenty of angst.
– On Thursday, Schottenheimer was asked about the rumors and though it doesn’t mean anything is set in stone in terms of the offseason, he said he doesn’t really think about those type of things.
“No, not really,” Schottenheimer said. “I mean, I have dealt with that before being in New York. I think it’s flattering. But at the end of the day, I think I have a great job. I think I work for a great organization and I know I work with the best head coach in the National Football League in Coach Fisher. We’ve got a really young football team that is building something special and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. It’s flattering but we still have some games to play and I’m thrilled to be here. I hope to be here for a long time.”
– Schottenheimer’s name has come up for head coaching jobs before, notably last offseason when he interviewed for the Jacksonville job before it went to Mike Mularkey. But Schottenheimer sounds sincere when he discusses his affinity for working with Fisher, quarterback Sam Bradford and the rest of the team already in place.
“I’ve had my name talked about in the past and probably there were times where I was maybe excited something would happen,” Schottenheimer said. “But I’ll be very frank with you, I am thrilled to be here with Coach Fisher, working with Sam, working with this whole group. Again, I love it here.”
– Fisher was asked about the rumors and acknowledged that if somebody does indeed come calling he believes Schottenheimer is ready for the job based on all he’s accomplished and his knowledge gleaned from his father Marty, who coached in the league for a long time.
“First off, I know Brian is ready,” Fisher said. “I know he’s ready to handle the job and he’s capable and I think he’d do a great job at it. Certainly he’s been around the game for a long time and he’s got a great pedigree. This is the time of year when people start throwing names out there.”
– While there’s an entire offseason to wait for everything to sort itself out, Fisher did make one promise that should alleviate the fears that the Rams would go through yet another dramatic change in offensive scheme.
“The system would not change,” Fisher said bluntly. “The system would stay the same.”
– The Rams practiced indoors Thursday as winter weather swept through the St. Louis area.
– Thursday’s injury report looks like this:
Did Not Participate: CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh), RB Steven Jackson (illness).
Limited Participation: C Scott Wells (knee), LB James Laurinaitis (back).
Full Participation: CB Bradley Fletcher (illness), DE Robert Quinn (illness).
– All for today. Thanks for reading.
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