Monday, January 19, 2009

The latest regarding the Jets' new coaching staff

It's impossible to know what's going on in the mind of Jets' offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Rex Ryan was once considered a favorite to win the Jets blog in large part due to his apparent willingness to accept Schottenheimer as his offensive coordinator. Later that day, NFL Network's Adam Schefter reported that simply was not the case, and that Schotty wanted the head job or he may go elsewhere.

Then, earlier today, a report stated that Schottenheimer was, in fact, willing to coach underneath Ryan. However, once again, Schefter serves as a buzzkill.

Despite reports that Schottenheimer will be returning to the Jets, another source insisted that no decision has been made and it might not be until the end of this week. Schottenheimer is said to be mulling his options for the 2009 season and beyond, and it is far from certain that he will be back in New York, even if the Jets want him.

Schottenheimer does have one year remaining on his Jets contract, tying him to New York. But sometimes when candidates are passed over for head-coaching jobs, teams allow them to leave, and that might well turn out to be the case with Schottenheimer.

As it stands, Schottenheimer is said to be wanted in New York but also curious about other opportunities. These days there are plenty.

There are six known offensive coordinator openings — Detroit, New England, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Tampa Bay. Plus Kansas City and Carolina could be in the market for an offensive coordinator.


Brian Bassett has a very interesting take on Schefter's state of mind on TheJetsBlog.com.

I like Adam Schefter’s body of work a lot, but he’s been a pretty transparent schill for Schott’s agent Jimmy Sexton on this topic for weeks now. Other than report that there are teams that might be interested, there’s been nothing solid linking Schottenheimer to any of these openings so far. There might be teeth behind this, but many of these opportunities have been open for days already, which can seem like years during the January coaching carousel. If teams wanted Schott, it would have made many news outlets already.

Now, the Detroit Lions have expressed interest in Schottenheimer, and there may be other opportunities available. But what has Schottenheimer done to earn an offensive coordinator job elsewhere? The Jets' offense has been mediocre during his three years.

While rumors float about how much former coach Eric Mangini may have hampered his ability to run the offense and call the plays, the fact is that his offenses were never particularly effective.

He's obviously well-thought of in Jets circles. Why would he want to leave that to probably work underneath a rookie head coach elsewhere? Of course, he'll take a look at other potential job opportunities, but out of all the situations available, he will probably have the best chance to run his own show and win football games in New York, assuming the Patriots don't hire him. And I know that idea could spark the paranoia that's inherent in every Jets fan, but I'd be shocked if New England looked at him.

When all is said and done, expect Schottenheimer to coach the offense. It seems to make too much sense not to happen.

*In other coaching staff news, Mangini is interviewing assistant defensive line coach Brian Cox to work with him in Cleveland. Cox has been with the Jets since 2006 in that role, and he also played with the team from 1998-2000. Mangini has already lured quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll to Cleveland as the offensive coordinator, the fiery Cox could be next.

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