Inside The Bills

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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