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Jets OC thanks Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2010 – 6:50 pm

For Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer the opportunity to interview for Buffalo’s head coaching job was clearly appreciated, but the chance the New York assistant feels he has to succeed with his current club was one of the reasons he declined.

“I really was flattered,” said Schottenheimer Thursday. “I have a lot of respect for Mr. Wilson. I have a lot of respect for the Bills organization. Buddy Nix is obviously a friend of mine having worked together. It’s not about the Buffalo Bills.

“It’s about the New York Jets and how I feel about this organization and the way I see the direction of this team going under Rex (Ryan). Woody (Johnson) and Mike (Tannenbaum) stuck by me last year. All that stuff is what I took into consideration.”

Having interviewed for more than one head coaching position in the past, including last offseason with the Jets, Schottenheimer maintains that he did not decline the chance to interview with the Bills easily.

“If anybody understands how tough it is to get a head coaching job, it’s me,” Schottenheimer said. “I’ve been close a couple of times. I grew up in a family with a head coach. A lot of thought went into it. As I told you guys a couple of weeks ago, the biggest thing for me is the fact that I’m happy. I haven’t always been happy.”

When asked if he would turn down other head coaching offers Schottenheimer indicated that he would.
 
“I think I would listen and consider them all, but at the end of the day I’m happy,” he said. “I don’t see myself going anywhere.”

Schottenheimer also said that Buffalo being a division rival did not play a factor in his decision not to interview.

“Probably not,” he said. “At the end of the day, it ultimately came down to, regardless of the opportunity with whatever team, what the Jets afforded me here.”


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Report: Schottenheimer out

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2010 – 11:33 am

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will not interview for the Bills head coaching job.

The Bills were granted permission to interview Schottenheimer by the Jets earlier this week, but the Jets play caller has decided he would prefer to remain with the club that currently employs him. According to Schefter, Schottenheimer will not interview this week or after the Jets’ season is over believing there will be other head coaching opportunities in the future.

Schottenheimer apparently feels he has a good thing going with developing QB Mark Sanchez and believes his continued success with the young QB will translate into other head coaching job offers down the line.

“I’d love to be a head coach, but I say that with an asterisk,” Schottenheimer said Sunday after the Jets beat the Bengals in the wild-card round of the playoffs. “That’s my dream, but I want to be a head coach when the time is right, when the situation is right. I don’t want to just take a job to take a job.”

According to Schefter, Schottenheimer called the Bills to thank them for their consideration.

Ironically, Schottenheimer chose to stay on New York’s staff last year despite interviewing for the Jets’ head coaching post and losing out to Rex Ryan. But the two have developed a tight relationship and apparently that was a factor as well.

“For the first time in three years, I’m really, really happy,” said Schottenheimer. “I’m happy working for Rex. I love the area. I love the Jets fans. I love what we’ve done. I love the guys on our roster.”


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Will Schottenheimer interview?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2010 – 9:54 am

On Tuesday Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm stated his agent was handling whether any possible interview with the Bills was going to take place as he’s neck deep in playoff game preparation for Arizona’s game against the Saints. Now there are reports wondering if Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer will interview prior to New York’s game against San Diego this weekend.

According to the NY Post, two sources are skeptical that Schottenheimer even interviews with Buffalo’s decision makers.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he says, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ ” to the Bills, one source told The Post yesterday.

With the playoffs top priority for assistants that are working it’s hard for them to put their own personal gain ahead of the good of the team they currently work for, and the backlash would be significant if their current team should lose or struggle on their particular side of the ball.

That’s why though the rule that gives NFL teams seeking head coaches a window of opportunity to interview prospective candidates that are working in the postseason, the deck is still stacked against such teams because succeeding in the playoffs is such a priority.

It looks as though the Bills may have to wait until some of these teams (Chargers, Jets, Cardinals) are eliminated from playoff contention before getting an opportunity to interview the candidates currently on their list.


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Marty not a likely package with son

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2010 – 9:45 am

The Bills reportedly have permission to interview Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, but if he winds up being the Bills next head coach, don’t look for his dad to be coming with him.

In an interview with New York Post columnist Steve Serby, Marty Schottenheimer stated that he would not be part of a package deal with his son.

“If he gets that opportunity, let him go on his own,” Schottenheimer said. “I think that’s a difficult situation, I really do.”

The elder Schottenheimer went on to say that he’s certain at this point in his career that Brian can stand on his own.

“He’s been around it his whole life,” Schottenheimer told the Post. “It’s not something foreign to him in any fashion. I think he’s been around — and I’m not referring to myself — some pretty good coaches. He’s always been very, very eager to learn and understand what it is that’s being done, why it’s being done, and probably most importantly, how it’s being done.”

Schottenheimer attended four Jets games this year as a show of support for his son, but has not gotten involved in any football related matters concerning the Jets. It’s obvious the elder Schottenheimer would take his son’s phone call and provide advice about anything related to football, but as far as being on his staff or an official consultant, it does not appear as though that will be the case, should Brian Schottenheimer be the choice of the Bills.

I think Marty Schottenheimer recognizes that he would cast an awfully large shadow over his son, should he be directly involved with a team that Brian Schottenheimer is heading up. And if his son experiences some early struggles in his first season as head coach and Marty is on staff or involved in some way, he’s smart enough to know that the public will be calling for Marty to take over.

No dad wants that for his son, so I tend to believe what the elder Schottenheimer is saying.


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Will Grimm interview?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2010 – 6:51 pm

The Arizona Cardinals have granted the Bills permission to speak with their assistant head coach Russ Grimm. The question now is will an interview take place?

Grimm told the Associated Press on Tuesday that no interview has been scheduled with the Bills.

“I don’t know what the time schedule is on that,” Grimm said. “I’m not really worried about it right now. I’ve got a few important things to take care of first.”

While it’s certainly understandable that Grimm is focused on his team’s playoff game at New Orleans this weekend, it doesn’t sound as if Grimm is eager to leap at the latest opportunity to land a head coaching job, which could very well go by the board if he does not interview this week.

“It’s always flattering when you’re considered for it,” Grimm told the AP of the Bills’ interest, “but you’ve got to wait and see what it all contains and pertains to and how it’s run – but that’s all down the road.”

How much further down the road Grimm is thinking is hard to figure. This is the last week that assistants working for teams still in the playoffs can be interviewed for head coaching jobs. Seeing that the interview has yet to even be scheduled, which is decided by the team he currently works for in the Cardinals, so as not to inconvenience their preparations, one wonders when or if it will even happen.

The team’s game is on Saturday in New Orleans and Friday is a travel day for the team. The window of opportunity to interview for Grimm is not big and is closing more and more with each passing day.

If the Cardinals keep winning his chance to interview for the Bills job could simply go to another candidate on their list as Buffalo does have other coaches to interview, with Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer among them.

Should Grimm not interview with the Bills this week, the only way he’d be able to interview with Buffalo prior to the Super Bowl would be if the Cardinals lost before then in the playoffs. If Arizona loses at New Orleans this weekend it’s believed there would still be time to interview with Buffalo for their head coaching job.


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Rex’s comment very telling

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2010 – 10:21 am

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has hinted before about his belief that at some point he’ll lose offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to a head coaching job. But after the win over the Bengals he was the most telling he has ever been on the subject.

When asked about Schottenheimer’s play calling performance in the Wild Card win over Cincinnati last weekend, Ryan not only praised his coordinator, but explained how he has pretty much resigned himself to the fact that Schottenheimer will be gone after the Jets’ playoff run comes to an end. Here was his comment to Jets reporters after the game.

“I really don’t want to be honest what I think, because I want him here,” said Ryan of Schottenheimer. “He did a great job of mixing in the run and the pass and he called the game like a head coach. We could have called some more passes or some different plays, but we wanted to control the clock. Before the two-minute, he took a lot of time off the clock and just doing a tremendous job. I realize we’re only going to have him for as long as we’re in this tournament, but we enjoy having him right now.”

You’ve got to wonder if Ryan knows something that nobody else knows, or if he’s just talking up Schottenheimer in an effort to get him interviewed. I suspect the latter. Ryan and Schottenheimer share a lot in common. Both grew up under fathers that coached in the league, and Ryan waited a long time to get a head coaching job. He clearly believes Schottenheimer is worthy of a head coaching role and is doing what he can to put his name out there.


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Jets permission update

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 5:35 pm

According to the NY Daily News permission has been granted to the Bills by the Jets to interview offensive coordiantor Brian Schottenheimer.

With the game plan presumably being formulated and finalized Tuesday, it’s likely that the interview will take place later in the week as the Jets are preparing for their playoff game at San Diego on Sunday.

Schottenheimer is likely to be the first candidate interviewed with an offensive background and a good resume of developing young quarterbacks in light of his success with Drew Brees in San Diego and Mark Sanchez in New York this season.

He runs an offense similar to that of Norv Turner in San Diego and Cam Cameron in Baltimore, which features multiple shifts and spreads the ball around to take advantage of all of his team’s offensive weapons.


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Report: Jets to give Bills permission

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 5:23 pm

According to various reports the Jets will grant permission to the Bills to interview offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting permission will be extended to Buffalo.  It’s not surprising in light of the fact that Jets head coach Rex Ryan put it out there last week that he felt he would lose Schottenheimer to a head coaching position.

Ryan would never stand in the way of one of his coordinators having a shot at a head coaching job, knowing how long it took him to land one himself. So getting permission from the Jets would not be the least bit surprising.

The question is when exactly would such an interview take place? With the game plan being installed presumably on Tuesday all day and then installation following in practice, the Bills may be forced to wait until the end of the week, unless an interview can happen in the evening early this week.


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Report: Permission asked for Schottenheimer

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 2:59 pm

The Arizona Cardinals are not the only team the Bills have faxed seeking permission to talk to one of their assistants according to FOX Sports Jay Glazer.

In addition to asking for permission to speak to Cardinals asst. head coach Russ Grimm, the Bills have also asked permission to speak with Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Here is Glazer’s latest twitter post to that effect.

Jay_Glazer    more buff updates: bills also askd permission for jets OC Brian Schottenheimer. for time being he is not interviewing, jets prepping 4 Bolts

Glazer’s last comment about not interviewing for time being, likely means early this week. The Jets are undoubtedly reviewing film of the Chargers from the entire season and will be spending all day Tuesday putting their game plan together, followed by installing it in practice. It’s unlikely that Schottenheimer would interview any time prior to Friday.


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A new candidate mentioned

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2010 – 1:45 pm

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen in describing some dark horse candidates for Bills head coach mentioned a new name Sunday.

Mortensen, on ‘ESPN NFL Countdown’ called Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer a “sleeper” candidate in his opinion and also mentioned Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as a sleeper candidate for the job.

This is the first time Garrett has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the job. Garrett is the highest paid assistant coach in football at $3 million a year.

He’s been up for head coaching job before including Baltimore and Atlanta after the 2007 season, but he chose to stay with Dallas. Last offseason he was a finalist for the Rams job, but it eventually went to Steve Spagnuolo.

He would be a highly qualified offensive-minded head coach, something many outside observers feel the Bills need. Of course an offensive-minded coach typically wants a quarterback to work with, which was part of the reason he didn’t take the Baltimore or Atlanta jobs, which later drafted Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan. `


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Other interviews to come

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2010 – 1:26 pm

Bills owner Ralph Wilson told the Associated Press that the Bills would take the necessary time to find their head coach and not rush to judgment. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter there are more candidates to be interviewed this week.

Here is Schefter’s latest take on the coaching search situation, in which he mentioned that Bill Cowher will not coach the Bills in his opinion. Personally, I think if Cowher was interested he would already have been named head coach. Brian Billick is also not a candidate per Schefter.

“While questions continue to swirl about the Buffalo Bills head-coaching job, certain candidates’ names can being to be crossed off. Bill Cowher is not going to be the Bills next head coach, no matter how much money the franchise has offered him, according to league sources. Brian Billick never was considered once Buffalo hired new general manager Buddy Nix, sources said. But Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is said to have had a highly impressive interview.

Buffalo still is planning on conducting more interviews with more coaches involved in the playoffs, and their outlook always could change, but heading into the start of the postseason, Frazier is the temporary leader in the clubhouse.

Also, Buffalo’s interim head coach Perry Fewell is said to have had a more impressive interview than many realize. Buffalo has other assistant coaches it still wants to interview, but those coaches are involved in the playoffs and the Bills have not had access to them yet.”

Among those candidates currently working for other clubs that have been mentioned include Arizona assistant head coach Russ Grimm, Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer, San Diego DC Ron Rivera and Eagles DC Sean McDermott.


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Son Schottenheimer on dad coaching

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2010 – 3:39 pm

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was asked about the chances of his dad Marty Schottenheimer coaching again in the NFL.

“He’s told me for the last two years that he’s done,” said the Jets play caller. “I think he really enjoys being retired. He enjoys coming to our games. He’s got four grandchildren, my two and my sister has two in North Carolina where he lives. I think if it was the right job, he would listen, but I think at the end of the day it would take a lot to convince him to come off the golf course and come back to work.”

So he enjoys being retired and spending time with his family, but Brian Schottenheimer thought his dad would listen if it was the right opportunity. Now Marty Schottenheimer when asked by the Associated Press whether he would coach again earlier this week said, “Not likely.”

That doesn’t mean no. Knowing the close relationship that Bills GM Buddy Nix has with Schottenheimer, he’s unlikely to be completely out of the picture until a new coach is officially named. Nix said he wanted an experienced head coach that was a disciplinarian and a leader. Marty is all of those things and has 200 career wins on his resume in 326 games.

I’m not saying he’s officially a candidate, but you have to wonder if Schottenheimer is that extra ace sitting in Nix’s back pocket.


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Brian Schottenheimer just deflecting?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2010 – 3:03 pm

Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer was deflecting questions left and right about the Bills head coaching search targeting him as a candidate. With a big playoff game for his team this weekend none of us should be surprised.

Trying to advance your own career when the team you’re working for has its most important game of the season doesn’t play well, especially if the team is not successful. Then the media speculates as to whether or not the coach was distracted by a new opportunity.

So more than once Schottenheimer indicated he was happy with the Jets.

“I’m very happy,” said Schottenheimer. “I haven’t put a lot of thought and effort into it. What I’ve always wanted to do is be the best coordinator I can here. If I do a good job at that, which I am striving everyday to do that, I think at some point there probably will be opportunities. This is a situation where in the past I have been very excited about trying to pursue those things, where as now I am very happy here.”

So Schottenheimer was asked if him leaning against taking a head coaching job this offseason is a matter of timing.

“I think it is all about timing,” he said. “You want to be in the right spot and I feel like right now I’m in a great spot. I’m with a great organization with Woody (Johnson) and Mike (Tannenbaum). I made the decision to come back last year not knowing what this year would hold working for Rex. It hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been pretty damn close.”

Schottenheimer interviewed for the Jets’ head coaching job that ultimately went to Rex Ryan. He also admitted that working and helping to develop Mark Sanchez is an appealing part of where he is at now.

So he presented a very good case of being happy where he is, and I’m not saying he isn’t. We’ll see if things change after this weekend’s game in Cincinnati, when the Bills, provided they get written permission, would be eligible to interview him.

To this point however, Schottenheimer claims no knowledge of any such interest on the part of the Bills.

“No, not that I’m aware of,” he said. “This is not just coach-speak. I’m telling you the truth. I’m very happy. I hope that we continue on this process for a long time. I hope we win a lot of games. I mean that. It’s not just something I’m saying to you.”


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Jets OC plays it PC

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2010 – 7:52 pm

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer played it politically correct when asked about whether he would be interested in the Bills if they wanted him to interview for the vacant head coaching position.

Schottenheimer said he would listen, but feels “he’s in a good spot” with the Jets. That according to the Associated Press.

The Jets offensive coordinator is preparing with his fellow assistants and head coach Rex Ryan for the Jets Wild Card playoff game with Cincinnati this weekend. Talking about advancing his own career in a week like this is foolhardy. So it’s not surprising that he said more than once that he’s happy with the Jets.

Of course he also did not close the door on a head coaching opportunity in Buffalo.

The Bills cannot speak with Schottenheimer this week due to league rules prohibiting teams seeking coaching candidates to talk with coaches whose current teams have Wild Card games. The Bills can speak with Schottenheimer next week before the Divisional Playoff round should the Jets advance or not provided they get written permission from the Jets organization.

Schottenheimer interviewed for the Jets head coaching job last year before it was ultimately awarded to Rex Ryan


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Jets OC getting more mention

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2010 – 8:45 pm

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is getting more mention as a possible head coaching candidate for the Bills head coaching post.

Schottenheimer was mentioned by NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi, who wrote the following in his piece looking at the coaching landscape in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills: To me, the one name that makes the most sense is Brian Schottenheimer, the current offensive coordinator of the New York Jets and son of former Bills player Marty Schottenheimer. Marty and new Bills general manger Buddy Nix have a great relationship, which will help get Brian an interview. His work with the Jets might get him the job.

Schottenheimer is busy preparing for the Jets Wild Card matchup with the Bengals this weekend. The Bills would have to get written permission to interview him this week. Being a division rival it’s tough to say whether the Jets would grant permission.

Brian Schottenheimer has interviewed for head coaching jobs in Miami, Baltimore and the Jets before they hired Rex Ryan.



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Report: Billick to interview

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2010 – 7:47 am

The speculation wheel is turning with Yahoo Sports reporting on three new coaching candidates including the former Super Bowl winning coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

According to the report Billick will interview with the Bills this coming week. Other candidates mentioned in the report are Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Rivera obviously has a familiarity with Bills GM Buddy Nix as the two worked together in San Diego.


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Jets trying to keep Schottenheimer

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2009 – 8:27 pm

According to the Daily News, Jets new head coach Rex Ryan is trying to hold onto offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Apparently they believe it may help them in convincing Brett Favre to come back as quarterback in 2009.

You might think the Jets are crazy for wanting to bring Favre back, but if he doesn’t come back, they’ve got Kellen Clemens. Best of luck, unless they draft a QB and despite the successes of Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan this year, they’re the exception, not the rule.


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Jets offensive play calling called into question

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2008 – 2:29 pm

When you’re playing the Kansas City Chiefs and your feature running back just had 159 rushing yards the week before, odds are you’re best to running against one of the lesser run fronts in the league.

Instead Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer chose to throw on 17 of 26 first half plays and according to the New York Post players in New York’s locker room are starting to wonder about the decisions being made on game day.

The story also mentions how Favre entered the game with a sore throwing shoulder.


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