After six seasons as the New York Jets offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer was relieved of his duties at the end of the 2011 season. Both parties vowed that it was a mutual decision to part ways, yet it sure seemed like Schottenheimer was the sacrificial lamb for quarterback Mark Sanchez.
His departure was a bit of a head scratcher to many due to the fact Sanchez had gotten better every year under Schottenheimer. His completion percentage, passing yards, touchdown passes and quarterback rating all improved annually.
Yet the organization thought bringing in Tony Sparano would yield the same results. I'm not sure how Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum figured a run-heavy coach like Sparano would take No. 6 to the next level. Regardless, Schottenheimer took the high road when he met with the media on Thursday.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked him if beating the Jets would mean more to him than another opponent. Here's what Schottey had to say:
"No, they’re all the same, he said. It’s fun to compete against your friends. I’ve got friends all around the business. I think that’s what we love about this business as coaches. You move from team to team and you get a chance to play friends and former colleagues and things like that. So no, I want to win the game because it’s the next game and we need to get four wins."
There's no question the Rams offense has improved under the club's new regime. Right now they have the 24th-best offense in the NFL and at the end of last year they finished with the 31st-best offense. Even though they still have a long ways to go, I'm sure Schottenheimer doesn't mind seeing St. Louis' offense six spots above New York's.
Come Sunday, I'm sure he will have a couple of tricks up his sleeve for his old boss.
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