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Schotty's staying; continuity for Bradford

2013-01-17T11:55:00Z 2013-01-17T16:00:09Z Schotty's staying; continuity for BradfordBy Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

Jacksonville’s decision to hire Gus Bradley as head coach was good news for Sam Bradford and the Rams’ offense. It means offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will be returning to the Rams in 2013, and Bradford will have the same coordinator and the same offensive scheme for the first time in his NFL career.

The Jaguars announced Thursday morning that they had hired Bradley, the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator. Schottenheimer had interviewed for the Jaguars’ job on Monday night and Tuesday of this week.

“When I first found out, I was able to talk to both Jeff (Fisher) and Sam,” Schottenheimer said. “It’s an exciting time to be a Rams fan.”

The competitor in Schottenheimer wanted to be chosen as Jacksonville’s new head coach. But Schottenheimer said, “The cool thing is I know I’m in a great spot with great people (in St. Louis), with so many amazing things going on.”

With the hiring of Bradley in Jacksonville, seven of the eight NFL head-coaching vacancies have been filled. And Schottenheimer isn’t in the mix in Arizona, the lone remaining vacancy.

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