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Now that Jim Schwartz is the new coach of the Detroit Lions, he’ll have to lure assistant coaches to a franchise that has won one playoff game since Dwight D. Eisenhower was running the country.
At the top of his list on the offensive side of the ball, per Chris Mortensen of ESPN, are Broncos quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates and Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Mort reports that Bates signed a three-year extension with the Broncos after coach Mike Shanahan was fired.  However, the Broncos recently gave Bates permission to interview with the Raiders for a position on the team’s coaching staff; if the Broncos would let Bates jump to their arch-rivals in Oakland, the Broncos surely would let Bates go to Detroit.
As to Schottenheimer, Mort says that the holdover from Eric Mangini’s staff might ask out of his contract, if he isn’t hired to be Mangini’s replacement.  But Mortensens also says that the Jets prefer to keep the offensive staff in place, if the team eventually hires Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan or Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

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  1. Favre2012 says: Jan 16, 2009 2:13 AM

    He really wants guys who didn’t even make the playoffs?
    REALLY? That’s his wish list?
    Brilliant. Continued success for the Lions.

  2. tedskro says: Jan 16, 2009 2:17 AM

    getting brian from the jets would be huge!

  3. Patrick says: Jan 16, 2009 4:13 AM


  4. G-man says: Jan 16, 2009 6:40 AM

    “Favre2012 says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 2:13 am
    He really wants guys who didn’t even make the playoffs?
    REALLY? That’s his wish list?
    Brilliant. Continued success for the Lions.”
    Yeah, because one season of barely missing the playoffs immediately classifies these guys as losers.
    This type of logic isn’t surprising coming from someone with “Favre” in his username.

  5. aec4 says: Jan 16, 2009 7:38 AM

    tedskro: if you want Brian from the Jets, PLEASE take him. If you want to pass on every single 3rd and 1 fine!

  6. thejetsblog says: Jan 16, 2009 8:46 AM

    florio! you’re slipping!
    don’t schwartz and schottenheimer have the same agent? Jimmy Sexton? And who is reporting this?
    But the very guy you’ve called Jimmy Sexton’s Mouthpiece …
    Can I guess who is Bates’ agent?

  7. Gailikk says: Jan 16, 2009 9:42 AM

    Good conservative decisions, but can the personal from the lions run with the Denver philosophy? Just a question

  8. vincelombardi says: Jan 16, 2009 9:57 AM

    i wonder which ONE team that was they beat???

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