Deep Posts: Could Hue block Schotty?

Doug Farrar
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-- Not so fast on that whole "Brian Schottenheimer to St. Louis as the Rams' new offensive coordinator" thing — it now appears as if Jeff Fisher will take a good, hard look at former Oakland Raiders head coach and general quarterback guru Hue Jackson for his vacant offensive coordinator position. If Sam Bradford isn't praying for this to happen, he should — after Pat Shurmur and Josh McDaniels, it's fair to say that Bradford has been underrepresented in the offensive coaching department through his first two seasons in the NFL. [Chris Mortensen on Twitter]

-- One thing we do know about the Rams' new coaching staff is that Gregg Williams will take his blitz-heavy attack from New Orleans to St. Louis to reunite with Fisher. The two men are longtime friends and colleagues — they worked together in Houston and Tennessee from 1994 through 2000 — and Fisher has called Williams his best friend in coaching. This is good news for Williams, who now has two more pure pass rushers in Robert Quinn and Chris Long than he did with the 2011 Saints. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

-- And as it turned out, Williams' decision to blitz the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 preseason came back to bite him — 49ers offensive coordinator Mark Roman said that the divisional round rematch was a lot easier from a blitz-handling perspective because "We pretty much had the whole montage of blitzes. They're really good at what they do and they came up with one or two that gave us problems during the game. Thankfully, most of them we saw in the preseason." And that's another reason we don't usually see the advanced defenses in the exhibition season. [CSN Bay Area]

-- The Saints finish their postseason as the No. 1 team in DVOA through the divisional round. Small consolation, but one number should be instructive — first in offense, 30th in defense. There ya go. [Football Outsiders]

-- The Green Bay Packers are expected to use their franchise tag on tight end Jermichael Finley, as long as he doesn't drop it. That's just one of the personnel decisions this team must make in the offseason — in the end, they're surprisingly light at certain positions for a 15-1 team, which reinforces the "Aaron Rodgers for MVP" vote in my mind. [JS Online]

-- Oh, goody — New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle is shooting his mouth off again. "We wouldn't say we're unstoppable, but our mindset is extreme at this point," Rolle said on Monday of the upcoming NFC championship matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. "We're not going to be denied. … I might be a little biased, but in our minds, we can't be beat." We shall see. [New York Daily News]

-- Proving that they may be willing to repeat the mistakes of others, the Chicago Bears are interviewing New England Patriots pro personnel director Jason Licht for their vacant GM position. Nothing against Licht specifically, but we tend to wonder how many ex-Patriot failures we'll need to see at the head coach and high front office levels before the NFL gets that the secrets to Bill Belichick's success are 1.) Bill Belichick; 2.) Tom Brady.  As Dan Pompei writes, "it's difficult to discern how much Licht has been responsible for any of the Patriots' moves because Belichick typically relies on most staff members only for information-gathering." [Chicago Tribune]

-- And speaking of … the great Charles Pierce has learned to embrace his inner Belichick. [Grantland]