Monday, January 23, 2012
Jeff Fisher hires Rams' coordinators
ESPN.com news services
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher officially announced that he has hired Brian Schottenheimer and Gregg Williams to be his offensive and defensive coordinators.
Williams was Fisher's defensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans from 1997-2000 before he became the Buffalo Bills' head coach in 2001. He had been the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator for the last three seasons.
"I have worked with and known Gregg for a lot of years and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a defensive coordinator and value his past experience as a head coach," Fisher said in a statement released by the team. "He brings an aggressive approach that I'm sure will benefit our defense and he has a wealth of knowledge that will aid our entire team."
Schottenheimer, the son of ormer NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer, joins the Rams after serving six years as the New York Jets' offensive coordinator. Schottenheimer and the Jets had a mutual parting of the ways after a disappointing 8-8 season.
He was also a quarterbacks coach with the Chargers, and he will be charged with getting the most out of Sam Bradford in St. Louis.
"I am really excited to have Brian join our staff," Fisher said in the statement. "He is a well-respected coach in this league who has had success for many years at a high level as an offensive coordinator. We share the same philosophies on the offensive side of the ball and I think he is a tremendous addition to our staff."
The Rams haven't had a winning season since 2003, and they had the NFL's worst offense last season with Bradford nicked up and no true deep threats at receiver. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels recently left to return to the Patriots.
Williams will replace Ken Flajole while fired Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is taking over the Saints' defense.
Spagnuolo was fired earlier this month after going 10-38 in three seasons with the Rams.
The Rams replaced him with Fisher, who sat out the 2011 season after 17 years in Tennessee. He and Schottenheimer will have a franchise-type player in Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, and the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. They also have a favorable salary-cap situation.
Schottenheimer has been here before: The former University of Florida quarterback was an offensive assistant on Dick Vermeil's staff in St. Louis in 1997, and later worked for his father, Marty, in Washington and Kansas City.
Williams, who has deep ties to Missouri and played at Northeast Missouri State, has put together seven top 10 defenses in 15 years as a defensive coordinator or head coach (Tennessee, Buffalo, Washington and New Orleans).
A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Rams will interview Jets vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales for their GM vacancy this week.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.