The Gang Green faithful got their collective wish at the end of the 2011 season when the New York Jets parted ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
For six years, Schottenheimer consistently drove fans nuts with inconsistent production. But after a 3-6 start in 2012 thanks in part to a stagnant Tony Sparano-led offense, Schotty doesn't look so bad. He certainly wasn't this bad.
Regardless, Schottenheimer is long gone, trying to help Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams climb into legitimacy in the NFC as their offensive leader. Schottenheimer will get a shot at his former team, and vice versa, Sunday when the Jets travel to St. Louis to try and snap a three-game skid.
"I'm sure anyone that leaves a team and goes to a new team, I think anytime you have an opportunity to play your old team, you want to beat them," Bradford said. "But at the same time, it's one of our 16 regular season games. He's treated it just like any other game week." St. Louis is ranked No. 19 in passing yards per game, which isn't overly impressive but is an improvement over the Rams' No. 30 ranked passing offense from a year ago. The Rams had 10 passing touchdowns all of last year. Through eight weeks, Bradford has 10.
"I feel better with what we're doing at this point in the year than I did last year," Bradford told Jets reporters this week. "… I think Schotty's done a great job coming in here and adapting to the personnel that we have yet still running his offense and what he knows."
Bradford said Schottenheimer's greatest attribute is his attention to detail, which was one of his noted positives when coaching up Mark Sanchez during his tenure in New York.
"He coaches me hard on little things," Bradford said. "He never lets anything slide by and I think that's been something I haven't had in the past couple years."
Both teams need a win in the worst way, as a loss would take either team completely out of the playoff picture. The winner will live to see another week. There's no secret, Schottenheimer has to be champing at the bit for this one, as does Sparano.