Schottenheimer on Jaguars' List; Jacksonville Fires Head Coach, Contacts Rams about Offensive Coordinator
Thomas, Jim, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
As he enters his second offseason as Rams head coach, Jeff Fisher could have both coordinator positions in limbo.
Late Thursday afternoon, Jacksonville requested permission to interview Brian Schottenheimer for its head-coaching position. That job became open Thursday morning when the Jaguars fired Mike Mularkey after just one season on the job.
Schottenheimer, 39, interviewed for the Jaguars' head-coaching job a year ago after Jack Del Rio's dismissal, so somebody in the organization must like him even though Jacksonville has a new general manager in David Caldwell.
San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman is considered the front-runner for the Jacksonville job, but Schottenheimer almost certainly will be interviewed first by the Jaguars because the 49ers are still in the playoffs. After a first-round bye, San Francisco plays host to Green Bay in the divisional round Saturday night.
If Schottenheimer leaves after just one season in St. Louis, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will be forced to work with his fourth coordinator in four NFL seasons. When initial speculation surfaced last month on the possibility of Schottenheimer being a head- coaching candidate, Fisher said the Rams' offensive system would remain the same even if Schottenheimer left.
Maybe so, but Bradford would have to get to know and mesh with yet another personality. Fisher could always promote from within, namely quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti, who has extensive coordinator's experience on the college level.
But it's expected that Fisher would hire from outside the organization if Schottenheimer left. Last year, Fisher also interviewed former Oakland head coach Hue Jackson for the Rams' coordinator job and was said to be very impressed with Jackson although he ultimately hired Schottenheimer. …