ST. LOUIS — Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer professed that it's just a normal week as the St. Louis Rams prepare to play the New York Jets this Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.
Schottenheimer served as the Jets' offensive coordinator for six years prior to joining the Rams.
"It's the NFL, it's always a normal week," Schottenheimer said. "It's a fun week. You have so relationships back there, and I'm looking forward to seeing those guys and competing against those guys. It's going to be a great challenge."
Not everything was normal for Schottenheimer.
A half dozen members of the New York media were in town early for Schottenheimer's weekly press conference on Thursday.
Schottenheimer was the fall guy for the Jets failing to make the playoffs with an 8-8 record last season after advancing to the AFC Championship game the two previous seasons.
He endured harsh criticism from the fans and the media.
"When you're a coordinator in this league, offense, defense, head coach or whatever, you're going to take bullets," Schottenheimer said. "I always appreciated how passionate the fans are there in New York. It comes with the territory."
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