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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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