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    Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer Describes "Flexible" Approach For The Offense

    by Ryan Van

    Last season was a confusing one for fans of the St. Louis Rams. The hiring of Josh McDaniels was supposed to usher in offensive dominance after a season of dull dink and dunk passing. That vision never came to fruition, and most fans, fickle as we are, wanted to see new head coach Jeff Fisher bring back a more conservative approach to the offense. They should get both with Brian Schottenheimer, Fisher's offensive coordinator.

    What kind of system Schottenheimer runs has been the subject of some heated debate. On a conference call with the media today, he cited his roots in the Air Coryell system, but emphasized adaptability over all ... and a physical offense that establishes the run and works the play action.

    Thoughts on Schotty and the Rams new offense after the jump.

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    "I've been around a lot of different things," Schottenheimer explained. "We want to try to build things based off of our personnel. We want to have a system that is very flexible."

    That system starts up front on the line and on the ground, with the running backs.

    "I do believe in this: I do believe number one, you've got to take care of the football," Schottenheimer said.

    Taking care of the football can be interpreted in a couple ways, based on my impression of listening to him talk. Most obviously, there's not turning it over. Second, and related to that, using the run game to set the tone for the offense.

    "We want to be balanced. We want to have a physical running game, but we want to be able to keep people off balance with play-action and run-action attack," Schottenheimer said.

    "In terms of the passing game, I think I talked a little bit about the play-action, run-action attack, and that will be, the term we use all the time, quite honestly, is sameness," Schottenheimer said. "Make the runs and the passes kind of look the same."

    It should be fairly obvious now that Fisher believes in beefing up the Rams offensive line, especially as it relates to protecting the quarterback. Both Fisher and Schottenheimer talked of seeing some game tape from the Rams' season, and it's clear in remarks from both coaches that fixing the offensive line is job one.

    "It all starts in the passing game with protection. The quarterbacks need to be upright. This is a league anymore where pass rushers are getting bigger, faster and stronger. That's getting harder and harder, but again I think it all comes down to some main beliefs of take care of the football, be physical, protect the passer, and then do what your personnel does best."

    We'll see how things look when minicamp opens up, giving us our first look at the Rams offensive structure under the new coaching staff. I did not walk away from the call with Schottenheimer with the sense that they would try to do too much right out of the gate. In fact, fans frustrated by the lack of running in recent seasons could be in for a pleasant surprise this year, in that it certainly won't be ignored.

    "It's just a very flexible system that allows you to adjust on game day and adjust during the week and kind of maximize your strengths while trying to attack your opponent's weaknesses," he said.

    Whatever his offense looks like, Schottenheimer has his work cut out for him. The biggest tasks will be addressing key personnel needs along the offensive line and at the skill positions. How they handle that chore will go a long way toward making this offense work.


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    Re: Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer Describes "Flexible" Approach For The Offense

    One thing that I've not seen talked about much (maybe it has and I've just missed it) is Jacob Bell's relationship to Jeff Fisher. Bell was a fifth round draft pick by Fisher's Titans in 2004 and started 46 games for Tennessee before leaving for St. Louis in free agency. Will Fisher be more inclined to keep Bell and give him a chance to return to the form he witnessed first hand in Tennessee?

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    Re: Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer Describes "Flexible" Approach For The Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    One thing that I've not seen talked about much (maybe it has and I've just missed it) is Jacob Bell's relationship to Jeff Fisher. Bell was a fifth round draft pick by Fisher's Titans in 2004 and started 46 games for Tennessee before leaving for St. Louis in free agency. Will Fisher be more inclined to keep Bell and give him a chance to return to the form he witnessed first hand in Tennessee?
    This is true. I wouldn't mind it. Bell isn't a top 5 guard in the NFL but when he is in the zone, the guy plays good football. Excellent pass protector, decent run grader. Its just one less hole, especially if we can keep him for a reasonable deal.

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    Re: Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer Describes "Flexible" Approach For The Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    This is true. I wouldn't mind it. Bell isn't a top 5 guard in the NFL but when he is in the zone, the guy plays good football. Excellent pass protector, decent run grader. Its just one less hole, especially if we can keep him for a reasonable deal.
    Agreed. Whats saying Bells career wont be rejuvenated under his old coach?

    Guess we will have to wait and see.

    Honestly if we can stay competetive and keep the defense off guard with play-action and an offensive scheme that doesnt involve so much time for every play to run its course, maybe the majority of this o-line could stay entact.

    Would be nice.

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    Re: Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer Describes "Flexible" Approach For The Offense

    Flexible approach? Like, adapting to your opponent and making changes when things aren't working? What a novel idea. Why didn't we try this last year?

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    Re: Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer Describes "Flexible" Approach For The Offense

    IMHO I think Schott needs to start out with the basics and add in plays as our entire offense learns his system.

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    Re: Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer Describes "Flexible" Approach For The Offense

    Bradford's has experienced two very different approach's on offense, in his career so far. With the WCO seemingly the better fit for his talents, at this point. This new scheme should be ideal for Sam Bradford. It sounds like Schotty's scheme is a bit of a combination of the previous two schemes Bradford played in.? Therefore, the transition should be quite smooth for Bradford.
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