Not so fast on Schottenheimer to St. Louis
On Sunday night, Mike Lombardi of NFL.com reported that the Rams offered, and former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will accept, the position of offensive coordinator on Jeff Fisher’s staff.
And so it was jarring to see the blurb from MDS, citing Chris Mortensen of ESPN, that former Raiders coach Hue Jackson will interview for the job.
Per Mort, Schottenheimer is still considered the favorite, but Hue “gets a shot.”
But the gist of Mort’s report is that Schottenheimer hasn’t been offered, and hasn’t accepted, the position.
It could be that Fisher has given Jackson an interview as a courtesy, in order to inject his name back into the NFL news cycle a week after he was fired. With Fisher preferring a power-running game in the past, Jackson’s more pass-happy attack wouldn’t seem to fit.
Or maybe the powers-that-be in St. Louis weren’t thrilled with the initial reaction to the decision to import Schottenheimer, who has been widely blamed for the poor performance of the “ground and pound” offense in New York.
Either way, this fairly important position on the staff of a head coach with a background in defense remains unfilled. And the development of quarterback Sam Bradford hangs in the balance.