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New York Post suggests Schottenheimer in “firing line”

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If the Jets end up out of the playoffs, the team needs a scapegoat.

Brian Costello of the New York Post suggests offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer could be it.

“Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer may be coaching for his job this week,” Costello writes.

Schottenheimer’s contract runs through 2013. It’s hard to tell if the article is actually reporting anything, or whether it’s simply speculating that Schottenheimer is the most likely fall guy if the Jets fail to live up to Rex Ryan’s hype.

The Jets offense has struggled to establish an identity this year. They opened the year trying to be more aggressive throwing the ball, then reverted to a run-first approach before Saturday’s game against the Giants. Schottenheimer seems to struggle with how much to trust Mark Sanchez. (With good reason.)

As Florio has written, the team may quietly investigate alternatives to Sanchez at quarterback. Picking up a new quarterback seems more likely than finding a new playcaller.

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  1. steelernation1 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:52 AM

    i think Rex needs the boot.he is awefull.puts more pressure on that team than they need.talkin the team up saying they will win the super bowl.get rid of the clown.he is a accident waiting to happen

  2. primetime666 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:55 AM

    Let’s face it, Rex Ryan is the problem with the Jets… they can say Mark Sanchez and Shotty is the problem, but if it’s any other team, the head coach is gone… think about it, are the Jets better now than they were 3 years ago?… NO WAY… then you have to fire the coach, they are the joke of the NFL now.

  3. rcali says: Dec 26, 2011 10:00 AM

    Yes, this should fix Sanchez’s fear of throwing the ball downfield and his complete sudden lack of pocket presence.

  4. ny82jy says: Dec 26, 2011 10:06 AM

    As a jet fan i feel regardless of the qb situation this needs to be done. Shotty is horrible and to me hes the real problem with this offense. Its not all on him but his playcalling is terrible. This weekend when he made Sanchez throw over 60 times was when they were having success running it was the final straw for me. New coordinater next year with Sanchez. If that fails then look at the qb.

  5. nav711 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:06 AM

    FIRE HIS ASS!!!!!!!!

  6. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Dec 26, 2011 10:08 AM

    If he is the only coach in the firing line, they still and probably never will get it. Their head coach is really overrated (he is great DC) and their QB is really awful. They need lots of changes.

  7. bmwaldrop says: Dec 26, 2011 10:09 AM

    How about Norv Turner? He made Alex Smith look competent well before Jim Harbaugh came around.

  8. plymkr88 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:15 AM

    Sanchez is clearly overrated, however, the play calling has been terrible.

  9. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:18 AM

    Sanchez is horrendous. Im sorry Jets fans, im not one of those guys who bashes them and their coach for everything they do. Im just tellling it how it is. You win in spite of that guy, not because of him.

    Watching him take a safety with the game on the line was the clincher for me. This guy is just not a competent QB

  10. zimaman says: Dec 26, 2011 10:21 AM

    okay so Jabba the Jet keeps shooting his mouth off and can’t manage to get his team to perform to those lofty expectations

    so lets fire the schotty o coordinator

    brilliant!

    then we can bring in a new guy with a new system and teach it to young flawed quarterback and go win the super bowl next year

    sorry – NOT happening

  11. deadmanwalking47 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:23 AM

    if sanchez was’nt such an AWFUL,and i do mean,AWFUL QB,the jets would not be in this situation!

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 26, 2011 10:26 AM

    Every jets fan know ls how horrible he is. He needs to be fired yesterday.

  13. addict2sport says: Dec 26, 2011 10:29 AM

    Sanchez is a head case. If and win the Jets pick up another QB to compete it won’t push Sanchez to get better. He will completely tank.

  14. dannyduberstein7 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:33 AM

    Brian Schottenheimer and Jason Garrett. What is “Two coaches who were given way too much responsibility too early in their careers?”

  15. waldoampere says: Dec 26, 2011 10:48 AM

    The real story would be if Schottenheimer isn’t in the firing line. I realize that he doesn’t have much to work with considering Sanchez’ inaccuracy, but he’s awful at play calling. What kind of an OC would have Mark Sanchez throw the ball 59 times while, in the same game, the running game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry?

  16. prettytonyt says: Dec 26, 2011 10:52 AM

    “If the Jets end up out of the playoffs, the team needs a scapegoat.”

    An OC is often a ‘scapegoat’ but have you seen the way this guy calls plays? How many times he refuses to give offensive linemen help, when they are getting destroyed?

    Sanchez getting sacked:
    2009 – 26
    2010 – 27
    2011 – 37

    Sanchez’s QB rating:
    2009 – 63%
    2010 – 75.3%
    2011 – 79%

    I’m not trying to call Sanchez good, but look at Eli/Ben in the 3rd years of their careers? People have gotta calm down with the kid.

  17. kevo126 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:52 AM

    its not his fault mark sanchez is on the team.

  18. tunescribe says: Dec 26, 2011 10:55 AM

    “The Jets offense has struggled to establish an identity this year.”

    I believe it’s been identified quite definitively as inept.

  19. realitypolice says: Dec 26, 2011 11:00 AM

    I’m sorry. Was it Schotty’s final decision to trade up in the draft for a terrible QB?

  20. IainRWB says: Dec 26, 2011 11:06 AM

    Rex is terrible. His three year run is clearly worse than any other coach in Jets history.

    No, wait, it’s the best three year run in team history. My mistake.

  21. keeponhating says: Dec 26, 2011 11:07 AM

    Just like his Raider hatin’ daddy, he’s not good enough to coach in this league. He should join his father in the UFL.

  22. waldoampere says: Dec 26, 2011 11:09 AM

    “think about it, are the Jets better now than they were 3 years ago?”

    Three years ago the team hadn’t been to an AFC title game in a decade and Eric Mangini was still the coach. So I’d have to say yes, the team is better with Rex Ryan as head coach.

  23. normswifevera says: Dec 26, 2011 11:21 AM

    I don’t mean this as a defense of Sanchez, who’s clearly not that good. But if a franchise is going to make the investment of drafting a QB as high as Sanchez was taken, I don’t know how they’d even consider kicking him to the curb without giving him another OC to work with first.

    Especially considering that Schottenheimer was there in NY before Sanchez and wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire with his offense.

    The idea they would replace Sanchez and keep Schotty just seems absurd. Either replace both of them or give Sanchez another chance with a new OC.

  24. damnws6 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:22 AM

    Everyone that say Rex Ryan should/is going to get fire, are morons. And I mean that fully.

    This is his 3rd year and he led them to TWO AFC Championships and either a winning or .500 record this year. But he should get fired?

    Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean he needs to get fired. Look at the other coaches in the league, especially their first few years with a team?

    Him fired, never gonna happen.

    As for Schotty he NEEDS to go. Sanchez sucks (and I’m a Jets fan), but Schotty makes it worth (if that’s possible).

  25. mancave001 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:26 AM

    primetime666 says:
    Dec 26, 2011 9:55 AM
    Let’s face it, Rex Ryan is the problem with the Jets… they can say Mark Sanchez and Shotty is the problem, but if it’s any other team, the head coach is gone… think about it, are the Jets better now than they were 3 years ago?… NO WAY… then you have to fire the coach, they are the joke of the NFL now.

    —————–

    Fire the coach? Look, this Eagles fan thinks Rex is a d-bag blowhard, but they’ve gone to two AFC championships under him. I’ve seen NOTHING to indicate this is his fault.

    Shottenheimer sucks. 59 passes against the Giants? And you want to fire Rex? LOL.

  26. habsman says: Dec 26, 2011 11:30 AM

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed it, but Rex looked like he was carrying around a big load of crap in his pants on Saturday.

  27. tombrookshire says: Dec 26, 2011 11:32 AM

    Sanchez has regressed every season from his first. He has reached the limits of his talent. On the other hand, in the proper scheme, Alex Smith as prospered. Even Trent Dilfer won a SB staying within very limited ability. I would give Sanchez another season under a different OC to see if his career can be saved, while drafting another QB. Can’t say Ryan is the problem yet, he is just trying to give his team a good reputation to live up to, and hopefully his troops will respond. Often, like the Eagles this year, it’s just a chemistry thing and the team will find it’s identity next season. Down year for the Jets vs. expectations.

  28. jrobitaille23 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:35 AM

    “I’m not trying to call Sanchez good, but look at Eli/Ben in the 3rd years of their careers? People have gotta calm down with the kid.”

    Um…you mean Ben who went 15-1 his first year only to lose to cheating Patriots in playoffs, then won Superbowl his second year? Riiiiiiiight!!!

  29. nokoolaidcowboy says: Dec 26, 2011 11:36 AM

    Seriously, how do the Ryans keep getting work?

  30. robertjamis says: Dec 26, 2011 11:40 AM

    I think both are terrible, but here’s my opinion.

    Sanchez has improved, statistically, across the board this season, in spite of a horrible offensive line and an overrated group of receivers. Burress is mostly finished, Keller consistently runs the wrong routes and has poor hands, and Green can’t catch out of the backfield. Sanchez has sucked primarily because he can’t get comfortable in the pocket, and he typically makes his first read and then checks down to the short option. That said, he’s improved his accuracy and decision making, and he has great pocket awareness. He still has a very good record of play in the playoffs. That’s not something you should discount with a guy who just turned 25 and was probably started too early. He seems to have a good attitude and work ethic.

  31. mh28102 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:43 AM

    2 coaches have had more success than Rex over his tenure…..Mccarthy and Sean Peyton…..the ones that one the Super Bowl.

    Anyone who says Rex needs to go is crazy or wants him for their own team

  32. johnnyb216 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:44 AM

    When have the jets ever lived up to Rex ryans hype?

  33. robertjamis says: Dec 26, 2011 11:58 AM

    Schottenheimer sucks because he refuses to make in game adjustments. He never challenges the opposing corners or safeties. Everything is inside ten yards. He uses Santonio Holmes like he’s Wayne Chrebet. He puts Sanchez back to throw 60 passes when the run game is wildly effective and the pass protection has been terrible for weeks.

    If you watch Jets games, you know Tomlinson in the game means screen. You know Mulligan and/or Patrick Turner means run, etc. You’ve watched conservative gameplans against bad defenses like the New England Patriots, in two instances. It’s pathetic.

  34. oscojoe says: Dec 26, 2011 11:58 AM

    Jet’s Needs:

    – New Owner
    – New GM
    – New Coaches
    – New Players
    – New Fan’s

    If not then at least change the name to:

    The New Jersey B’S.s

    That way they can own something!

  35. khuxford says: Dec 26, 2011 12:04 PM

    You can tell who pays attention to the Jets and who doesn’t.

    Rex isn’t the problem. The deficiencies here are with the offensive playcalling and the drafting/signing, which aren’t his parts of the whole.

    While I’m of the mind the Jets should have taken Freeman, not Sanchez, Schotty’s poor playcalling has me wondering if Sanchez wouldn’t be adequate or better with a competent OC. Like others have said: the line has at least one hole and Schotty refuses to gameplan ways to compensate for it. And, unless Rex is lying, Schotty diverged from what the gameplan was supposed to be by going pass early and often before the Jets were in a hole, despite how well they were doing running. Folks forget that, with all the big pass plays they’ve given up, the Giants weren’t that great at stopping the run, either.

  36. thejuddstir says: Dec 26, 2011 12:09 PM

    As long as the Jets have Rex and Sanchez and the Cowboys have Rob R. and Jerrah, neither team will win anything of significance.

  37. ambitoos says: Dec 26, 2011 12:13 PM

    You people need to relax. At least your not Charger fans. They’ve never done anything in they’re history and the future look’s bleak.

  38. istallion says: Dec 26, 2011 12:46 PM

    After playing Pats, Pack, Saints, and Boys, I was very glad to see the Jets line up against my Giants.

  39. rohlo says: Dec 26, 2011 12:46 PM

    this team isnt getting any younger and players like cromartie who arent very intteligent and soft dont help either thats why he was cut in san diego.his head isnt in the game every play. also the offense schottenheimer runs is why san diego wouldnt let his father marty hire him as offensive coordinator when cam cameron left and eventually led to marty being shown the door in SD ..its the same offense his dad ran and it gets predictable!unfortunately for the chargers it was a lose lose situation..it led to norv turner!!

  40. NakedCowboy! says: Dec 26, 2011 12:49 PM

    not a jets fan but i would keep rexy… no matter what u say about him, his defenses are always good… they need a new OC and QB and another starting RB…

    i cant believe i am hearing that he is coaching for his job this week… i mean he has been OC for 3 years now i think… what difference does it make how he does this week… you have had 3 years to figure out how he is!!!

  41. mojosmagic says: Dec 26, 2011 12:56 PM

    I think Sanchez is a bad QB. The formula for beating the Jets became shut down the run and let Sanchez try to beat you. Sanchez spends way to much time on his image and night life while guys like Brady and Breeze are in the film room. He talks a good game but talk means nothing. I don’t know what the Jets can do because good QB’s are hard to find but I know Sanchez isn’t the answer.

  42. khuxford says: Dec 26, 2011 1:19 PM

    Ambitoos, if only the Chargers didn’t fire Marty for refusing to let Brian go. Only one franchise would be moribund instead of two.

  43. steelernation1 says: Dec 26, 2011 1:22 PM

    @damnws6

    ryan is the problem.he runs his mouth in a way that it puts pressure on his players to feel like they should be expected to win the super bowl every week.he talks trash non stop.he is only as good as his players and not good enough to win it all.

  44. coolgato13 says: Dec 26, 2011 1:25 PM

    Ever noticed how teams that talk the most trash, e.g. Jets, Eagles, Cowboys…always seem to accomplish the least ? You never hear anything bad or stupid from the Packers, Saints, Niners and Patriots.
    They are classy and all they do is win !

  45. khuxford says: Dec 26, 2011 1:33 PM

    @steelernation1: I know. You’re totally right! I don’t know why Rex changed things up and started talking that way this season.

    What? He’s done that the past two seasons when they made it to the AFC Championship? That can’t be right. And surveys were saying that players around the league wanted to play for him? That can’t be right.

  46. khuxford says: Dec 26, 2011 1:35 PM

    @mojosmagic: then you agree that Schotty should be fired? Because, at 4.2yds/carry, the only one who shut down the Jets rushing game was the OC.

  47. dynaco says: Dec 26, 2011 1:57 PM

    Oh the short memories…

    This time last year all the gangsters where saying how bad the Jets would be due to all their free agents they couldn’t resign with their salary cap issues.

    Missing this year are Brian Tomas, D-Wood, Cotch, B-Smith, T-Rich and B-Edwards. And every replacement has been sub par. But yet ppl forget what they were saying about last year’s cap and want to reassign the blame.
    The team is short of talent in a lot of areas, without Fatman and Robin they would be far worse!!! anyone remember how even the great Favre tanked?

    But yes Shotty has to go. Even i can predict the plays he calls from time to time.

  48. linemanguy74 says: Dec 26, 2011 2:13 PM

    His college coach said when Sanchez went to the NFL he wasn’t ready to be a NFL QB I think he was right

  49. jets624 says: Dec 26, 2011 2:19 PM

    Rex Motivates The other team on a weekly basis With all the trash talk, Teams want to beat him not the Jets….. As a jet fan SCHOTTY MUST GO With that being said… In my opinion Sanchez is not a bad quarterback.. He’s just become captain-check-down…..

  50. jets624 says: Dec 26, 2011 2:25 PM

    Drew Brees got booted from San Diego.. The right system Sanchez can be a beast Drew beast!!!!!

  51. mancave001 says: Dec 26, 2011 2:54 PM

    coolgato13 says:
    Dec 26, 2011 1:25 PM
    Ever noticed how teams that talk the most trash, e.g. Jets, Eagles, Cowboys…always seem to accomplish the least ? You never hear anything bad or stupid from the Packers, Saints, Niners and Patriots.
    They are classy and all they do is win !
    ————————-

    The Eagles almost never talk trash…especially anyone in leadership. Jerry Jones said he was “scared” of the Eagles this week (he was right to be).

    And Bill Billicheat and the Patriots are “classy?”
    Put down the spiked egg nog, dude.

  52. habsman says: Dec 26, 2011 3:30 PM

    Three shiney, clean, untainted Lombardi’s.

    So what are you going to do about it besides cry?

  53. zimaman says: Dec 26, 2011 3:58 PM

    mancave001 says:
    Dec 26, 2011 2:54 PM

    what you say is uber shtupah

  54. teal379 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:41 PM

    Those that say Rex isn’t to blame at all – you’re only partially correct.

    He’s still the boss. He should be screaming at Shotty to stop calling a horrible game.

    It’s HIS job to make sure his guys are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. It begins and end with him.

    Trust your guys but when they’re way out of line (60 passes a game from Sanchez is OUT OF LINE) you need to correct them and do it immediately.

    You owe it to them as their boss.

  55. djstat says: Dec 26, 2011 9:49 PM

    Rex should be fired. The D was average and his big mouth could not back up his talk

  56. dynaco says: Dec 26, 2011 10:49 PM

    djstat says:
    Dec 26, 2011 9:49 PM
    Rex should be fired. The D was average and his big mouth could not back up his talk

    ————————————————-
    You should not go out in public unattended!!!
    If you were to fire Rex who would hire?
    And how good would your new HC do with a average D? And so how would you fix that?
    Just askin’?

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