DISCLAIMER: first fanpost evah!
By now i'm sure most of the rams faithful have been hearing rumors about the interest brian schottenheimer is getting from NFL teams for a head coaching position.
First, I was surprised at first to hear that Schotty was actually stirring this much interest. While he hasn't been bad by any means, he has had quite a few questionable play calls throughout the season. My guess as to his popularity would be that the ram's team improvement must mean, to the rest of the league, that the offense isn't as anemic as it has been in the past. While this is true, they aren't setting any scoring records either. It also helps that the Jets offense looks so putrid this season. I'm sure there are many other factors as well, but that is for another discussion.
My general thought here is that Pat Shurmur might be the perfect guy to take over the offense if Schotty leaves. According to ESPN the browns are letting him go and cleaning house entirely as well.
First, Shurmur has a similar offensive philosophy to the system in place currently. Fisher is on record saying the system will not change no matter what happens, so getting a guy who shares the ideals would be key. I am no expert and I think there are some small differences between shurmur's system and the one in place, but I do know they are both based off of WCO.
Second, Shurmur knows bradford! He groomed the rookie version of bradford and guided him to a very successful rookie season. I think this is also key. While it is nice to keep the same system for sammy boy, having a guy sam knows will also help his comfort and understanding of the offense.
I just can't help but get excited to think of what sam can hopefully do when he comes into a season where, for the first time, he doesnt have to re-learn a playbook. Sam will be commanding things, and if schotty leaves, shurmur will be there to continue the offensive progression.
Well I know that was a little bit long, and if you made it this far, congrats! Let me know your thoughts and go rams!