ATHENS — Brian Schottenheimer’s stay at Georgia was a short one, and so apparently will be his stint in the college ranks.
The Indianapolis Colts plan to hire Schottenheimer as their next quarterbacks coach, according to a report by ESPN NFL reporter Adam Kaplan.
That would mark a return to the NFL for Schottenheimer after one year as Georgia’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, Schottenheimer was in the NFL for 14 years, including the last nine as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams.
For now, the move to the Colts would mean an end for Schottenheimer’s stint as a play-caller. The Colts are keeping Rob Chudzinski as their offensive coordinator. But it would be a plum job as a position coach: Andrew Luck, the top overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft, is the Colts quarterback. Luck led the Colts to the playoffs his first three seasons before injury troubles kept him to seven starts this season.
Schottenheimer stated when he took the Georgia job a year ago that he was excited about getting back into the college ranks and the SEC; he played quarterback for Steve Spurrier at Florida. But his season at Georgia was close to a disaster, as the Bulldogs ranked 83rd in the nation in total offense, their worst ranking in nine years, with the passing game putting up less than pedestrian numbers.
When head coach Mark Richt was fired and replaced by Kirby Smart, it was decided (by someone, it’s still not clear who) that Schottenheimer would not coach in Georgia’s bowl game. He has not been reached for comment since then. Smart hired Jim Chaney as his OC and quarterbacks coach last month.