St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is expected to be a candidate to replace Mike Mularkey as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars when the team begins its search soon, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Schottenheimer, 39, just finished his first season with the Rams after holding the same position with the New York Jets for the six seasons prior. The son of former Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers head coach, Marty Schottenheimer, Brian was an assistant for several teams before becoming the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins in 2001.
Ryan Van Bibber at SB Nation's Rams blog, Turf Show Times, reacted to the news that Schottenheimer was considered a candidate for the Jaguars head coaching position:
There is nothing at this point to suggest that he is finished in St. Louis. Greg Roman figures to be a very hot commodity on the coaching market. However, this isn't Schottenheimer's first rodeo with the Jaguars, which makes you wonder if owner Shad Khan, who is very involved with the team, sees something he likes in the offensive coordinator.
Schottenheimer's work with quarterbacks could have the Jaguars interested too. He made Mark Sanchez look reasonable competent and helped Sam Bradford approach something closer to his expected level of performance after a lost second season in 2011.
The Jaguars head coaching position became vacant on Thursday when the team announced the firing of Mike Mularkey following a 2-14 season. Mularkey was hired in January 2012 and was one day short of the anniversary of his hiring.