ST. LOUIS, Mo. (FootballStL) -- Jeff Fisher is a loyal man. He’s typically not one to make big change. Firing defensive coordinator Tim Walton after the 2013 season was the exception to the rule. Don’t expect anything substantial to happen this year.
Any changes on the Rams’ coaching staff for 2015 will likely be voluntary (i.e. a position coach finding a job as a coordinator somewhere) and not a forced dismissal.
That means anyone and everyone out to get offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s head on a plate is going to be extremely upset. In fact, Schottenheimer is more likely to get a head coaching job somewhere than be replaced by Jeff Fisher.
A lot of the Schottenheimer bashing stems from a rather conservative offensive attack that doesn’t include consistent seven step drops and firing the ball 60 yards down the field. Guess what though? That’s really not what Fisher wants on a consistent basis. Fisher’s orders are to have a running team that relies on its defense to win games in an ugly manner.
If there’s a big play to be had? Of course they’ll go for it. It’d be crazy not to. But that’s not the focus.
The Rams are built to compete in the NFC West. They have a really good running back in Tre Mason and a top-10 defense led by a dominant front four. That style of football isn’t conducive to chucking it up like the ’99 Rams did. They just don’t have the personnel for it.
Therefore you really can’t fault Brian Schottenheimer for the offensive woes. Is it his fault Shaun Hill threw an attempted throwaway pass right into the arms of a Seahawk lineman? Is it his fault Benny Cunningham got the ball stripped away from him as he dove into the end zone?
The issue is talent in certain spots. The issue is making absolute inexcusable errors in big situations. The issue is staying healthy.
I’m not going to sit here and say Schottenheimer is the greatest coordinator in the world. I’m not even willing to go as far as put him among the best OCs in the league. But to blame him for the Rams’ feeble offensive attack this year?
That’s why – barring any voluntary resignations due to a better opportunity elsewhere – I don’t foresee the Rams shaking up their staffs.