COACHES

Brian Schottenheimer
Offensive Coordinator

Biography

The Rams offense made significant strides in 2013 under Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who enters his third season in his current position.

Last season, St. Louis scored 27 or more points on six different occasions. From 2009-12, the Rams scored 27 or more points six total games in that time span. Prior to last season, the last time the Rams scored 27 or more points in six games in one season was in 2005. In addition, the Rams scored 38 touchdowns in 2013, which was the most the franchise has scored in a season since the 2006 squad found the end zone 39 times.

The Rams’ success came despite the fact that starting QB Sam Bradford missed the final nine games of the season due to a knee injury. At the time of his injury, Bradford was playing perhaps the best football of his career, thanks in large part to Schottenheimer’s guidance. When he suffered his injury, Bradford ranked eighth in the NFL in completions (159) and was tied for fifth in the NFL with 14 touchdown passes. Bradford’s 90.9 passer rating was his highest through seven games in any of his four NFL seasons. He was also on pace for career highs in passing yards, completion percentage and completions.

Led by a balanced attack, Schottenheimer helped several Rams reach career numbers in 2013. RB Zac Stacy rushed for 973 yards, 969 of which came in the last 11 games, and posted the third highest rushing total by a rookie in team history. Jared Cook set new Rams single-season records for receiving yards by a tight end. The success came despite the fact that St. Louis started seven different offensive line combinations for a second-consecutive season.

In St. Louis’ first season under Schottenheimer, the Rams experienced a 6.6 point per game average increase over the previous season. Bradford set new career highs in passing yards (3,702), touchdown passes (21) and passer rating (82.5). Three of his top six games in terms of passer rating came in 2012, and the Rams allowed 35 sacks after giving up 55 the previous year. Schottenheimer called plays for an offense that helped RB Steven Jackson rush for 1,000 yards for the eighth time in as many seasons.

The Rams’ improvements came despite the fact that St. Louis was the youngest team in the NFL. On offense, seven different rookies saw action.

Schottenheimer joined the Rams after spending the previous six seasons in the same position with the New York Jets.

During Schottenheimer’s time in New York, he constructed an offense that helped the Jets earn back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game. In 2011, the Jets led the NFL in red zone percentage as they scored touchdowns on 36 of their 55 trips inside their opponents’ 20 yard line (65.5 percent).

In 2010, New York ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing offense and 11th in total yards, and in 2009, the Jets led the NFL with an average of 172.3 rushing yards per game. The Jets were one of just three teams since 2001 to average more than 170 rushing yards per game in a season. In 2009, New York ranked ninth in the NFL in points per game.

Schottenheimer helped QB Mark Sanchez become the most prolific postseason quarterback in club annals. Under his direction, Sanchez won four road postseason games (most in Jets history and tied for most in NFL history), while throwing nine TD passes (a team record). With the help of Schottenheimer, Sanchez recorded the second-most post-season passing yards (1,155) in club history and three of the club’s top five postseason passer ratings.

In 2008, the Jets acquired QB Brett Favre during the pre-season, and New York scored 405 points, only the third time in franchise history that they reached 400 points. Their 42 offensive touchdowns that season were their most since 1998. The running game, led by Pro Bowler Thomas Jones (AFC-leading 1,312 rushing yards, team-record 13 rushing touchdowns) and Leon Washington (448 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns), averaged 4.75 yards per carry, fifth in the league and the best season mark in franchise history.

Schottenheimer joined the Jets in 2006 after spending four seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the San Diego Chargers. In 2004, Drew Brees earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career as he threw 27 touchdown passes and finished third in the NFL in passer rating. Schottenheimer also oversaw the development of Philip Rivers, who worked with Schottenheimer as Brees’ understudy during Rivers’ first two NFL seasons.

Prior to his stint in San Diego, Schottenhimer worked for his father, Marty, in Washington and Kansas City. He was an offensive assistant with the Chiefs and held the title of quarterbacks coach during his lone season with the Redskins. In between those two stops, he coached at the collegiate level, tutoring wide receivers at Syracuse in 1999 and tight ends at Southern California in 2000.

Schottenheimer made his NFL coaching debut in 1997 as an offensive assistant on Dick Vermeil’s Rams staff.

Schottenheimer earned three letters as a quarterback at the University of Florida, where he played under Steve Spurrier and was a backup to Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel during the Gators’ 1996 National Championship season. He began his career at the University of Kansas before transferring to Florida to learn under the well-renowned offensive mind of Spurrier.

As a prep quarterback, he led Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, KS to the 1991 Kansas 5A state football championship as a senior while earning All-State first team and All-American honorable mention honors, throwing for 2,586 yards and 26 touchdowns in his prep career.

Brian and his wife, Gemmi, have a son, Sutton, and a daughter, Savannah.

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The Rams offense made significant strides in 2013 under Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who enters his third season in his current position.

Last season, St. Louis scored 27 or more points on six different occasions. From 2009-12, the Rams scored 27 or more points six total games in that time span. Prior to last season, the last time the Rams scored 27 or more points in six games in one season was in 2005. In addition, the Rams scored 38 touchdowns in 2013, which was the most the franchise has scored in a season since the 2006 squad found the end zone 39 times.

The Rams’ success came despite the fact that starting QB Sam Bradford missed the final nine games of the season due to a knee injury. At the time of his injury, Bradford was playing perhaps the best football of his career, thanks in large part to Schottenheimer’s guidance. When he suffered his injury, Bradford ranked eighth in the NFL in completions (159) and was tied for fifth in the NFL with 14 touchdown passes. Bradford’s 90.9 passer rating was his highest through seven games in any of his four NFL seasons. He was also on pace for career highs in passing yards, completion percentage and completions.

Led by a balanced attack, Schottenheimer helped several Rams reach career numbers in 2013. RB Zac Stacy rushed for 973 yards, 969 of which came in the last 11 games, and posted the third highest rushing total by a rookie in team history. Jared Cook set new Rams single-season records for receiving yards by a tight end. The success came despite the fact that St. Louis started seven different offensive line combinations for a second-consecutive season.

In St. Louis’ first season under Schottenheimer, the Rams experienced a 6.6 point per game average increase over the previous season. Bradford set new career highs in passing yards (3,702), touchdown passes (21) and passer rating (82.5). Three of his top six games in terms of passer rating came in 2012, and the Rams allowed 35 sacks after giving up 55 the previous year. Schottenheimer called plays for an offense that helped RB Steven Jackson rush for 1,000 yards for the eighth time in as many seasons.

The Rams’ improvements came despite the fact that St. Louis was the youngest team in the NFL. On offense, seven different rookies saw action.

Schottenheimer joined the Rams after spending the previous six seasons in the same position with the New York Jets.

During Schottenheimer’s time in New York, he constructed an offense that helped the Jets earn back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game. In 2011, the Jets led the NFL in red zone percentage as they scored touchdowns on 36 of their 55 trips inside their opponents’ 20 yard line (65.5 percent).

In 2010, New York ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing offense and 11th in total yards, and in 2009, the Jets led the NFL with an average of 172.3 rushing yards per game. The Jets were one of just three teams since 2001 to average more than 170 rushing yards per game in a season. In 2009, New York ranked ninth in the NFL in points per game.

Schottenheimer helped QB Mark Sanchez become the most prolific postseason quarterback in club annals. Under his direction, Sanchez won four road postseason games (most in Jets history and tied for most in NFL history), while throwing nine TD passes (a team record). With the help of Schottenheimer, Sanchez recorded the second-most post-season passing yards (1,155) in club history and three of the club’s top five postseason passer ratings.

In 2008, the Jets acquired QB Brett Favre during the pre-season, and New York scored 405 points, only the third time in franchise history that they reached 400 points. Their 42 offensive touchdowns that season were their most since 1998. The running game, led by Pro Bowler Thomas Jones (AFC-leading 1,312 rushing yards, team-record 13 rushing touchdowns) and Leon Washington (448 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns), averaged 4.75 yards per carry, fifth in the league and the best season mark in franchise history.

Schottenheimer joined the Jets in 2006 after spending four seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the San Diego Chargers. In 2004, Drew Brees earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career as he threw 27 touchdown passes and finished third in the NFL in passer rating. Schottenheimer also oversaw the development of Philip Rivers, who worked with Schottenheimer as Brees’ understudy during Rivers’ first two NFL seasons.

Prior to his stint in San Diego, Schottenhimer worked for his father, Marty, in Washington and Kansas City. He was an offensive assistant with the Chiefs and held the title of quarterbacks coach during his lone season with the Redskins. In between those two stops, he coached at the collegiate level, tutoring wide receivers at Syracuse in 1999 and tight ends at Southern California in 2000.

Schottenheimer made his NFL coaching debut in 1997 as an offensive assistant on Dick Vermeil’s Rams staff.

Schottenheimer earned three letters as a quarterback at the University of Florida, where he played under Steve Spurrier and was a backup to Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel during the Gators’ 1996 National Championship season. He began his career at the University of Kansas before transferring to Florida to learn under the well-renowned offensive mind of Spurrier.

As a prep quarterback, he led Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, KS to the 1991 Kansas 5A state football championship as a senior while earning All-State first team and All-American honorable mention honors, throwing for 2,586 yards and 26 touchdowns in his prep career.

Brian and his wife, Gemmi, have a son, Sutton, and a daughter, Savannah.

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