Brian Schottenheimer Hired as New Georgia Offensive Coordinator


On Wednesday, Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced that former NFL coordinator Brian Schottenheimer would be the new O.C. for the Bulldogs.

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The search for Mike Bobo’s replacement is apparently over, as Brian Schottenheimer has been hired to run the Georgia Bulldogs offense and as quarterbacks coach, per an announcement made by Richt on Wednesday.

From coach Richt’s statement:

"“I’m excited to have Brian join our coaching staff. His NFL experience will be a perfect fit for how we like to play offensive football here at Georgia. He’ll be excellent in developing our players in both the running and passing games which will benefit them while they are at Georgia and for their future.”"

Schottenheimer comes by way of the St. Louis Rams, where he has served as offensive coordinator since 2012. Previously, he held the same position with the New York Jets for six seasons.

“This is a great opportunity to become a Georgia Bulldog for both my career and my family,” said Schottenheimer in a statement. “I¹m thrilled to be part of an elite program with such national tradition and a great staff already in place. I look forward to working with young men and being a positive and significant influence on their lives as we develop them athletically, Academically, and socially.”

Although his success in the NFL could be measured as marginal, this is a perfect fit for Georgia’s offense, and although the Rams struggled offensively, even their head coach Jeff Fisher was reluctant to lay the problems on Shottenheimer.

“I think Brian is an outstanding play-caller. Outstanding play-caller,” Fisher told NBC Sports. “He’s very organized. He’s an excellent teacher. So you can’t put the record on his shoulders. That’d be very, very unfair.”

Schottenheimer does have experience in the college ranks as well, coaching the wide receivers at Syracuse in 1999, and tight ends at USC in 2000.

During his career, he has coached such quarterbacks as Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, Brett Favre, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford.

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