Monday, January 16, 2012

Rams Will Interview Hue Jackson For Offensive Coordinator Job

The reports have been flying in since Sunday and they initially suggested that Brian Schottenheimer, the former offensive coordinator for the New York Jets, would accept a coordinator job with the St. Louis Rams.

Schottenheimer was booted out of New York after his offense finished 25th in the NFL (average yards per game), but he was interviewed by Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and was expected to be Josh McDaniels' replacement as the team's offensive coordinator.

The hiring was thought to practically be a done deal, despite the fact that there are questions regarding Schottenheimer and whether or not he's qualified for the job.

But if you're a St. Louis fan who initially had concerns over Schottenheimer, there may not be any reason to panic, at least not yet.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN just announced on Twitter that the Rams will also be interviewing Hue Jackson for the offensive coordinator job.

Jackson was the Raiders' head coach this past season, but he was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

The firing was somewhat of a surprise, since 8-8 is a solid record for a rookie head coach. Also, coaches are typically given more than one year to prove their worth.

Prior to being a head coach, Jackson has been an offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders (2010), the Atlanta Falcons (2007) and the Washington Redskins (2003).

He was also the quarterback coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and 2009, which means he deserves some credit for the development of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

One thing Rams fans should be thrilled about in regards to Jackson is the fact he runs a West Coast Offense, which is the same system Sam Bradford thrived under in 2010 with Pat Shurmur as the offensive coordinator.

Also, the return of the familiar West Coast system would mean that the young offense won't be forced to learn their third different system in three years. There will likely be differences between Shurmur's offense when compared to Jackson's, but the overall concepts should be very similar.

Fisher will hire whoever he feels is the best man for the job in the long run, but since the Rams' roster is primarily built for the West Coast Offense, it would certainly make sense to bring Jackson on board.

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