It's only been 24 hours since the news broke that Jeff Fisher had opted to take the St. Louis Rams head coaching job. Already the veteran coach is lining up his staff. The Post-Dispatch is reporting today that Fisher is interested in hiring former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for the same position in St. Louis.
Schottenheimer's system is more like the one McDaniels runs than Pat Schurmur's.
Son of long-time NFL head coach Marty, the younger Schottenheimer parted ways with the New York Jets earlier this month. He left amid the kind of turmoil fans that's come be associated with the Jets. He benched Santonio Holmes in the last game of the season after the receiver's, um, less than enthusiastic efforts pissed off his teammates. Mark Sanchez was also the subject of constant criticism, with many believing he was not good enough to be the franchise quarterback the team expected him to be when they drafted him in 2009.
Schottenheimer's offense struggled this season, but much of that had to do with personnel issues. The running game struggled, putting more pressure on Sanchez to make the offense work.
The Jets emphasized the running game at the behest of Rex Ryan, who inherited Schottenheimer from the Mangini years. Despite his boss' run-first insistence, which probably also had to do with Sanchez, Schottenheimer is no simple West Coast guy.
He spent four years in San Diego as the quarterbacks coach, working with Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. His roots are in the Air Coryell system, and he puts a high level of responsibility on his quarterbacks for making reads and changing calls at the line, something Bradford struggled with under McDaniels. Schottenheimer would be a McDaniels-lite. Hopefully, a full season to prepare and some smart moves for talent at the right places will help.
On a side note, it makes the possibility of keeping Kellen Clemens in the mix for the backup job more likely. Schottenheimer coached Clemens from 2006-2010 in New York.
Fisher is getting staff rounded out rather quickly. On Friday, it was reported that he plans to hire Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator.