I imagine Brian Schottenheimer‘s had this game circled on his calendar for quite some time.
Schottenheimer (above, right ) spent six years as the New York Jets‘ offensive coordinator before being fired after the Jets’ disappointing 2011 season. Now employed by the St. Louis Rams, he gets a chance at revenge.
While Schottenheimer has been downplaying the revenge factor, you’d have to believe that deep down, he wants to prove to his former boss, Rex Ryan, that he never should’ve been the scapegoat for the Jets’ failures.
Schottenheimer won’t be the only one with some revenge on the mind. The Rams’ current active roster also includes a handful of former Jets players, including another scapegoat from last season, offensive tackle Wayne Hunter.
Hunter was traded to the Rams in exchange for fellow tackle Jason Smith prior to the start of the season. Both players needed a change of scenery, and it should be fun for both of them to face their respective former squads.
Along with Hunter and Schottenheimer, tight end Matthew Mulligan, quarterback Kellen Clemens, running back Terrance Ganaway, and center Robert Turner all at one time donned the Green and White.
Turner called the Jets the “Chicago Cubs of football” this week, and I’m sure he’ll be excited to be in the starting lineup Sunday, against a team that never gave him an opportunity to do so during his time in the Big Apple.
As far as the actual game goes, Ryan’s defense will be going head-to-head with Schotty’s offense, and the Jets’ head coach knows that it will be a challenge going against guys like Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola.
Meanwhile for the Jets offense, after taking over for the departed Hunter, right tackle Austin Howard will have his hands full with Chris Long, who’s become one of the top pass rushing defense ends in the NFL.
Mark Sanchez will be looking to prove that he’s still a guy worth depending on, something he hasn’t done well at all this season. He never blossomed under the tutelage of Schottenheimer, but he hasn’t improved without him, either.
Both teams enter Week 11 with 3 wins, with the Jets at 3-6 and the Rams at 3-5-1, after a rare tie last week.
A playoff berth for either team looks bleak as it is, but it’ll be all but impossible with a loss on Sunday.
Both teams are desperate for a win, and this game full of subplots will hopefully be a great game to watch as well.
The Jets and Rams kick off at the Edward Jones Dome at 1:00 pm eastern time on CBS.