Hell Hath No Fury Like an Offensive Coordinator Scorned
By Alan Schechter
Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; St Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
OK, the quote is typically, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, but it has been adapted to this scenario because it applies. We will have our full preview tomorrow like always, but here is an interesting storyline about Sunday’s game. That story line is the reunion of Brian Schottenheimer.
Brian knows he was run out of town. Don’t forget that there was success with Brian at the helm of the offense, both while Eric Mangini was the head coach, as well as Rex Ryan. Keep in mind, the Jets were in the playoffs 50% Schotty’s tenure, and twice in an AFC Championship game. But in the end, Jets Nation did become tired with his unfocused, unimaginative playcalling. We were all too ready to make him the casualty of 2011. Not that our annoyance was baseless, we certainly had reason to want him out. The fact is that we wanted him out. Brian heard it, and he heard it every day.
The Jets ran him out of town too, make no mistake. Remember when he “parted ways”, and the Jets decided to spin it as if it was Brian’s idea? Interesting how the Jets had Tony Sparano waiting in the wings, and he was hired seemingly hours later, for a position that wasn’t even available until the incumbent decided to leave. The Jets wanted him out of town, and they prepped his replacement before letting him go. A guy is going to remember that. Then we learned, right around that time, that Rex may not have wanted him as the coordinator to begin with, and he was overruled. So here’s Schotty, who gets run out of town by the fans and the team, now learning that he wasn’t wanted to begin with.
Brian is treating this just like any other game, but there is no way he actually feels that way. You can rest assured that he absolutely wants to stick it to the Jets on Sunday. If he could double the points that the Seahawks put up on us last week, he will. It’s only human nature, to want to show the team and fanbase that ran him out of town, just what they are missing. Hell hath no fury like an offensive coordinator scorned.
Does Brian have a great team behind him? No, and that could work to our advantage. But he does have Steven Jackson and Sam Bradford, talented players in their own right. The defense better be ready to play well, because Brian would like nothing more than to beat up on the New York Jets.
Hell hath no fury like an offensive coordinator scorned.