The Jacksonville Jaguars have requested permission to interview Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for their vacant head coaching position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Schottenheimer came to the Rams in 2012 after spending 2006-11 as the OC for the New York Jets. The son of long-time NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer has spent time as a coach in the NFL since 2001, with additional stops in Washington and San Diego.
Jacksonville is moving quickly after firing head coach Mike Mularkey on Thursday. Mularkey spent just one season at the helm of the Jaguars, winning just two games. He has a career 16-32 record as an NFL head coach.
The Jaguars haven't had a winning season since 2007, when the team finished 11-5 and advanced to the Divisional playoffs. That year was just one of two trips to the playoffs for the franchise since going four straight years from 1996 to 1999.
Editor's note, from RVB:
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network added an interesting tidbit to the discussion following initial reports of the news.
I think Brian Schottenheimer has done good things with #Rams. But one person who worked with him said this: "He'll be a better HC than OC"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2013
What exactly that means, only his source would be able to elaborate on. I'd suspect you can imagine it to be something like Schottey as a manager of separate parts, someone who's better at pulling the big picture together rather than calling plays, or something like that. Stay tuned.