ATHENS - For all his NFL experience, not to mention his breeding, Brian Schottenheimer evinced humility when he was introduced as Georgia's offensive coordinator last month.
"We're not going to reinvent the wheel," Schottenheimer said, alluding to the numbers Georgia's offense has put up the past few years, as well the "bunch of really good coaches on the staff."
At the time Thomas Brown wasn't one of those coaches, but the former Georgia running back joined the staff last week, coaching his old position. And his first impression of Schottenheimer is again one of open-ness, despite coming to college after 14 years coaching in the NFL.
"He’s definitely open to other guys voicing their opinions," Brown said. "I’ve been around some guys who it’s like: ‘This is the way I’m gonna do it, I don’t care what you think or how you feel about it. It’s my offense and we’re gonna run it that way.’ Obviously he has the direction and leadership and we’re gonna follow behind him. But he definitely does a good job as far as allowing us to add in our two cents, if you may, and kind of give our own opinions. So I’m looking forward to it.”
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Schottenheimer, 41, came to Georgia after three years as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis, and six years before that running the New York Jets' offense.
“He’s a high-energy guy. Extremely positive," Brown said. "So I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to work with him and learn from him."