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Brian Schottenheimer: Offense “a thousand years” ahead of last year

Sam Bradford, Brian Schottenheimer

St. Louis Rams’ Sam Bradford (8) gets a congratulatory handshake from Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 31-17.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is doing something new this season.

He’ll work with the same offensive coordinator for two straight seasons for the first time since entering the NFL. Pat Shurmur and Josh McDaniels were one and done in St. Louis, but Brian Schottenheimer is back for another year and Bradford says he has a “much better feel” for what Schottenheimer wants to do on offense than he did in their first year together. Schottenheimer concurs and says that the increased familiarity has led to a quantum leap forward for the offense.

“The day Sam walked back into the building [this offseason] we started making adjustments,” Schottenheimer said, via Mike Sando of “We are a thousand years ahead of where we were last year.”

While an increased comfort level with the offense is significant, it isn’t the only reason why the Rams might feel like they’ve gone from working with stone tools to the Industrial Revolution in a matter of months. Adding wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey in the draft after signing tight end Jared Cook and tackle Jake Long has given the Rams offense a very different look than it had last season.

There are still questions to answer for a young Rams offense and there may be growing pains still to come, but the combination of new faces and organizational stability is a promising one for St. Louis.