View Full Version : Ravens, Schottenheimer Have Had Discussions

01-11-2008, 08:50 PM
Ravens, Schottenheimer Have Had Discussions About the Head-Coaching Gig (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/01/11/ravens-schottenheimer-have-had-discussions-about-the-head-coach/)

I guess this isn't the worst idea in the world. The Ravens have talked with former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/MartySchottenheimer/) about Brian Billck (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/BrianBillck/)'s old job. It's not the sexiest pick, and Schottenheimer's best known for rolling out game plans good enough to get his teams to the playoffs, but conservative enough to see them lose in the first round.

He's kind of like Billick without the pomposity, feathered wig, or "offensive genius" label. There has been no formal interview; in fact, Schottenheimer's agent told the Baltimore Sun (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/football/bal-marty0111,0,2524865.story) that "there's ben some discussion but nothing substantive." Which is good news for fans interested in guys like Jason Garrett (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/JasonGarrett/), Jim Caldwell (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/JimCaldwell/) or Jim Schwartz (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/JimSchwartz/).

While blowing everything up and starting over isn't a bad idea, Schottenheimer is a veteran coach with a reputation for not putting up with a lot of silliness from his players (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/football/bal-marty0111,0,2524865.story). Which kind of goes against the "inmates running the asylum" setup the team had under Billick.
Another difference with Schottenheimer is his old-school style, which tends to be stricter than other coaches. Some league observers think Schottenheimer would be a good fit because he brings more discipline.The Sun's Jamison Hensley writes that wherever Schottenheimer ends up, he'll likely bring Cam Cameron (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/CamCameron/) (offensive coordinator) and Mike Solari (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/MikeSolari/) (offensive line coach) with him. Say what you want about Cameron the head coach (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/01/11/the-dolphins-are-a-train-wreck/), but the guy availed himself nicely as the OC in San Diego. And offense is exactly what the Ravens need.

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