Morning Ram-blings: Systems to change?

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is in the mix to become the next head coach at Vanderbilt University.

When news came Wednesday that Schottenheimer would interview for the job, we discussed how he might fit there and what it could mean for the Rams moving forward. We didn't dive all the way into what the next step would but but stltoday.com columnist Bernie Miklasz discussed that very issue in his video blog on Thursday.

Miklasz is of the belief that even if Schottenheimer departs, the Rams won't be making any major changes to the offensive scheme. As he points out, Rams coach Jeff Fisher is the one who pushed for a return to a run-heavy offense in 2013 and that has long been the calling card of Fisher's teams. In other words, Fisher isn't going to suddenly reverse course and bring in some pass-happy coach who will turn the system on its head and throw the ball all over the field.

On that, it's hard to disagree. The Rams are committed to Sam Bradford at quarterback and have an offensive line clearly better suited to run block in place (though that could be altered this offseason since there are so many moving parts there). A drastic change in offensive schemes would only require yet another major change for Bradford who has enough to worry about as he rehabs from a torn ACL. It could also be harmful to a young receiver corps.

Most likely, should Schottenheimer depart, the Rams would like to find a coordinator capable of keeping most of the system and terminology the same while maybe adding some new wrinkles. Former Tennessee offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains would be a logical possibility and, should the Rams want to stay in house, it might be worth keeping an eye on tight ends coach Rob Boras, considered by many to be a rising assistant in the league.

Of course, none of that will matter if Schottenheimer doesn't get the Vanderbilt job.


A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we looked at the record-breaking number of early entrants in this year's draft class. ... Next, it was time for the latest editions of NFL Nation Confidential with a look at the polls for most respected player and the franchise player most would want to build their team around. We looked at both from a Rams perspective. ... Finally, we delved into the Rams' need to continue adding to their receiver corps, namely in the form of a top wideout who can regularly beat man coverage on the outside.

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At Fox Sports Midwest, Nate Latsch offers his thoughts on the team's defensive needs this offseason.

At stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon writes that those clamoring for Schottenheimer's departure would be better advised to have patience.

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