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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