For most, the end of the season will bring change to the organization. Not only will every roster in the NFL look, at least, somewhat different than the previous season, many front offices and coaching staffs will have massive turnover. In some cases, the change will be of their own doing, with the organization choosing to “go in another” direction. For others, the change comes as a consequence to those firings, as coordinators and positional coaches are poached from other, more “successful” teams. The best example of that may be the Cincinnati Bengals, who lost both their offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, and defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer, to head coaching vacancies in the past couple of weeks.
Now, it appears, the St. Louis Rams may be in that same boat, with Adam Schefter making several announcements about interviewees for the Vanderbilt University head coaching position, left vacant by James Franklin’s move to Penn State.
Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is interviewing today for the Vanderbilt head coaching job, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2014
This shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise, especially given his pedigree and tenure within the NFL. Schottenheimer interviewed with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, and would have likely seen several other interested teams had Bradford stayed healthy this season.
Early reports suggest that Schottenheimer is not “at the top” on Vanderbilt’s candidates list, but all of that is mere speculation at this point. Regardless, if the end goal is to be a head coach in the NFL, he might be better off maintaining a spot as an offensive coordinator on the St. Louis Rams, given the history of hiring within the league. That should suggest that the likelihood of his departure is relatively slim. However, it does appear that there is, at least, some possibility that the Bradford and the St. Louis Rams will be hiring their fourth offensive coordinator since the 2010 NFL Draft. Only time will tell!