The St. Louis Rams made official Monday what we have all known now for several days: Brian Schottenheimer and Gregg Williams have been hired to be offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively. Schott and Williams are now officially members of the Rams organization, which is a nice first few steps in turning over the coaching staff with head coach Jeff Fisher.
Those two weren’t the only new coaches added to the organization, as the team has also brought in Dave McGinnis to be the assistant head coach. This is another “no-brainer” move by Fisher, as McGinnis was on Fisher’s staff in Tennessee for several years. Fisher is bringing in his guys, and I think that’s definitely a good thing. Not only are these guys experienced NFL coaches, but they are all going to be on the same page as Fisher when this thing gets going.
There’s something to be said for continuity within an organization, and the Rams are going to have it going forward. You can say what you want about the disaster that was the 2011 season, but I think a big part of the problem was a disconnect between head coach Steve Spagnuolo and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. That’s not to say that the two butted heads or argued all the time, but it was obvious that they possessed opposite philosophies. McDaniels is the high-flying risk-taker who likes to push the envelope, and Spags is an old-school, play-it-safe kind of coach. We aren’t going to have that issue anymore, because Fisher is hand-picking the coaches who believe in the same things he does.
I think bringing in some continuity is going to do wonders for this team, and specifically for Sam Bradford. With all the turnover in his first two seasons, Sam needs to get a system in place with the knowledge that the system is going to be here for a long time. The chances of it being here for a long time should be much improved thanks to the recent hires.