The St. Louis Rams will have a new offensive coordinator next season. Brian Schottenheimer has left the team to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Georgia, as confirmed by the school.
Schottenheimer was the Rams offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. This season, the Rams finished 28th in total offense (314.7 yards per game) and 21st in scoring offense (20.3 points per game). The team ranked in the bottom third of the league in most offensive categories each season, and showed little improvement statistically during his three-year tenure with the Rams.
The Georgia offensive coordinator position has been vacant since late December, when Colorado State hired Mike Bobo as its head coach. Schottenheimer does not have any experience in the SEC, but had two previous stints at the collegiate level when he was a wide receivers coach for Syracuse in 1999 and a tights end coach for USC in 2000. He was also a backup quarterback at Florida for longtime Georgia nemesis Steve Spurrier.
Georgia fans are concerned about that lack of college experience. Next year, the Dawgs return Heisman contender running back Nick Chubb, but must start over at several other spots on offense.
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Prior to coming to St. Louis, Schottenheimer spent six seasons in the same position with the New York Jets, where he had more success as their offensive coordinator thanks to a strong ground game. The 2009 Jets led the league in rushing yards and the year before they ranked ninth in points scored. He also has previous experience as a quarterbacks coach, spending four seasons in that job with the San Diego Chargers from 2002-05, where he oversaw the development of Philip Rivers and Drew Brees.
Schottenheimer is excited to join the Bulldogs' family and become a part of such a prestigious college football program:
"This is a great opportunity to become a Georgia Bulldog for both my career and my family," Schottenheimer said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be part of an elite program with such national tradition and a great staff already in place. I look forward to working with young men and being a positive and significant influence on their lives as we develop them athletically, Academically, and socially."