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Bill Callahan turned down extension with Jets

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Despite Rex Ryan’s defense of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer Wednesday, there are many in New York that believe the team will make a change at offensive coordinator after the season.

Count Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com among that group.

“Ryan’s response to the Schottenheimer job-security question was telling,” Cimini wrote. “He looked away, there was a nervous laugh, and he went on and on about how it’s unfair to blame a coach — except him.”

If Schottenheimer goes, offensive line coach Bill Callahan is a logical candidate to replace him. But it’s possible Callahan could also choose to leave.

Cimini writes that Callahan has turned down multiple contract extension offers from the Jets, including recently. Callahan, whose contact is up, decided to keep his options open. (Perhaps so he could join old pal Jon Gruden somewhere.)

It’s not hard to look beneath Ryan’s support of Shottenheimer and see frustration. The Jets dropped back to pass on 67 plays against the Giants. That’s the most for any NFL team in a regulation game since 2008.

“I don’t see us throwing the ball 60 times ever again,” Ryan said. “I don’t think any of us could believe we threw it that many times. I know I can’t.”

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41 Responses to “Bill Callahan turned down extension with Jets”
  1. tatum064 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:59 AM

    Callahan to Penn State?

  2. austrianpanther says: Dec 29, 2011 10:00 AM

    Wow!! A late Christmas Gift!! Is this the beginning of the end of the Schottenheimer era!?!? Praise The Lord!!

  3. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Dec 29, 2011 10:03 AM

    Rex has a long cold off-season to think about things

  4. benh999 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:04 AM

    People don’t want to work with that loudmouth. What a shock.

  5. screwstontexans says: Dec 29, 2011 10:04 AM

    Cool Story.

  6. yelix says: Dec 29, 2011 10:06 AM

    Oh, Bill Callahan. I have family in Nebraska and they still blame him for everything that’s gone wrong in their football program.

  7. ljtola says: Dec 29, 2011 10:06 AM

    how far have the apples fallen from the trees?! 67 drop backs is a far cry from Martyball. and somewhere along the way to 67 you almost expect to go over and punch schottenheimer

  8. realitypolice says: Dec 29, 2011 10:08 AM

    So Callahan wants to go from working for a loud mouth cartoon coach, to working for…………..um………..another loud mouth cartoon coach?

    Because…….um…….this one is skinnier?

  9. chitownjeff says: Dec 29, 2011 10:09 AM

    Gruden should def hire Callahan.. since it was Callahan who handed Gruden is only Super Bowl win. Callahan’s incompetence in running the exact same system with the exact same terminology led to John Lynch knowing the plays better than the Raiders…

    Gruden needs to offer Callahan a job for life.. That Super Bowl was a travesty..

  10. 700levelvet says: Dec 29, 2011 10:10 AM

    It would help to have a professional QB under center if you are going to drop back to pass 67 times…..It looked like the annual Thanksgiving game in my Uncle Bob’s yard….Oh, and Uncle Bob is 66, and the steady QB for both teams……

  11. Davo says: Dec 29, 2011 10:10 AM

    “I don’t think any of us could believe we threw it that many times. I know I can’t.”

    Did anyone get the license plate of the bus Rex Ryan just threw his OC under?

  12. popdawg99 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:12 AM

    Schottenheimer, most of the Offensive staff and Mike Tannenbaum are goners.

  13. b1rdbath says: Dec 29, 2011 10:12 AM

    Well we are looking dor a DC here in Philly. Seeing that he is an offensive line coach he might just work out.

  14. realmendontletothermenleaponthem says: Dec 29, 2011 10:16 AM

    Why would you turn down the chance to work with one of the greatest QB’s to ever play this game? The Sanchise is the second coming of Richard Todd…

    Sarcasm my friends, just plain sarcasm

  15. elwaysbrain says: Dec 29, 2011 10:30 AM

    Could Rex shut up already. He said the same thing weeks ago when the Jets threw the ball all the time, he kept talking about focusing on running the ball. And here they are throwing the ball 60 times again. Now he says the same thing again, they’ll run the ball from now on.

    This guy has less credibility than people in the Raiders front office that try to shoot down everything Schefter reports.

  16. regelswritings says: Dec 29, 2011 10:31 AM

    Maybe he can hit the road with Tommy Callahan to sell America’s best brake pad

  17. havok82 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:32 AM

    Black Monday is only a few days away. Let the coaching free for all begin!

  18. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:33 AM

    Bill Callahan is a monster on the Xs and Os and a good teacher. The Bills wanted to hire Schottenheimer, and the 49ers hired Jimmy Raye who was the Jets RB coach, because they liked the Jets running game. Bill Callahan was the man behind that running game, not those other coaches.

    Schottenheimer was dumb for not taking the Bills job that year. Only 32 Head Coaching jobs when you have the opportunity, you jump on it. Especially with a franchise like The Bills. Good fan base, home field advantage, and front office who wants to win.

  19. goawayeverybody says: Dec 29, 2011 10:35 AM

    Even though the Jets are horrible this year, they will make the playoffs.

    The Titans will lose in Houston. The Bengals will lose to the Ravens. Either the Broncos or the Raiders will lose. And the Jets will beat the Dolphins, thus securing a playoff berth. From there, the Jets will travel to Houston where they will easily beat the struggling Houston Texans. Then they will face the Patriots in Foxboro, where they will likely get crushed.

    What will occur is that the Jets will do just well enough to ensure that no shake-up on the staff occurs, thus guaranteeing that they will never get over the hump. Sigh.

  20. djteknision1200 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:44 AM

    So if the Jets fire Shotty and Sanchez still shows no improvement, who will the Jets blame then? You are asking the man to shoot at a target 500 feet away with a shotgun.

  21. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 29, 2011 10:44 AM

    Honestly, if I knew that my organization refused to admit that Sanchez isn’t a franchise QB, I’d leave too. It’s just a sinking ship.

  22. kappy32 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:49 AM

    You Jet fans blaming Schotty for Sanchez’s failures are ridiculous and just playing into your normal, oblivious, scapegoat mentality. I guarantee you that at least 20 of those 67 drop backs were audibles called by Sanchez at the line. Once Schotty throws on a jersey & straps on a helmet, then you can blame him for the offense not executing. In 2002 Jim Fassel of the NY Football Giants stripped the play-calling duties of his OC late in the season. It worked for a short while, but the truth wound up being that Kerry Collins was washed up and declining & that the OL sucked. Can you guess who that OC was? Sean Payton; the same Sean Payton who ran a successful offense in Dallas the following 2 years; & the same Sean Payton that won a Super Bowl as a play-calling head coach for the Saints, one of the most consistently prolific offenses since the Mike Martz Rams. It’s the players, not the play callers.

  23. damnws6 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:56 AM

    You people know that Rex (and almost EVERY coach/player) don’t just offer these soundbites (unless it’s on Twitter) randomly right?

    They get ASKED questions, so they answer. Plus doesn’t the NFL make them do a certain amount of interviews/press conferences.

    So yea, keep complaining about how Rex and every you don’t like needs to shut up.

    Morons.

  24. fatguystrangler says: Dec 29, 2011 10:56 AM

    If Schottenheimer is as bad an OC as people portray him to be, then how has this guy been interviewed for head coaching positions? I’m honestly curious since I don’t follow the Jets. I have no horse in this race.

  25. austrianpanther says: Dec 29, 2011 10:57 AM

    Schottenheimer just posted a message on this board. His screen name is kappy32 !!!!!!!

  26. rajbais says: Dec 29, 2011 11:09 AM

    If Jets don’t make the playoffs just hire Jim Fassel as the new offensive coordinator!!!!

  27. nolahxc says: Dec 29, 2011 11:09 AM

    When I hear “Callahan”, I think of “You can get a good look at a butcher’s a** by sticking your head up there. But, wouldn’t you rather to take his word for it?”

    Those were the days!

  28. ampats says: Dec 29, 2011 11:16 AM

    Callahan knows enough when he sees a sinking ship(Raiders 2003?) He wants to move onto to somewhere he could win.

    Next year at this time the conversation will be whether the jets will draft Barkley with the first pick in the draft. Then they can begin the plans for the 45th anniversary !

  29. arizonapetdoctor says: Dec 29, 2011 11:38 AM

    It’s “you can get a good look at a t bone by sticking your head up a bulls ass, but wouldn’t you rather take the butchers word about it”. – from Tommy Boy

  30. primetime666 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:48 AM

    If you think Shotty is the problem with the Jets you don’t know football… that team is a mess from top to bottom.

  31. jmagnet28 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:59 AM

    When the Jets fire Schott, they need to act quickly and hire Norv Turner, (after he gets fired.) Norv is a classic, “bad HC, great coordinator. Just take a gander at Wade Phillips. Norv has developed Rivers into a top QB and his veteran coaching skills would fit perfectly with Rex and this offense. Schott quakes in his boots when he calls plays bc he’s young and afraid.

  32. austrianpanther says: Dec 29, 2011 12:11 PM

    Sun, Jan 1 Jets @ Dolphins – Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
    Jan 8, 2012 TBD (If Necessary – Date … – MetLife Stadium, East …
    Jan 21, 2012 @ AFC Championship New York … – MetLife Stadium, East …

  33. mrnickles says: Dec 29, 2011 1:02 PM

    kappy32 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:49 AM

    You Jet fans blaming Schotty for Sanchez’s failures are ridiculous and just playing into your normal, oblivious, scapegoat mentality. I guarantee you that at least 20 of those 67 drop backs were audibles called by Sanchez at the line. Once Schotty throws on a jersey & straps on a helmet, then you can blame him for the offense not executing. In 2002 Jim Fassel of the NY Football Giants stripped the play-calling duties of his OC late in the season. It worked for a short while, but the truth wound up being that Kerry Collins was washed up and declining & that the OL sucked. Can you guess who that OC was? Sean Payton; the same Sean Payton who ran a successful offense in Dallas the following 2 years; & the same Sean Payton that won a Super Bowl as a play-calling head coach for the Saints, one of the most consistently prolific offenses since the Mike Martz Rams. It’s the players, not the play callers.

    _______________________________________

    On 4th and 1 (and with the Jets averaging 4.2 yards per carry), Schotty decided to have Sanchez go from the shotgun with a 3 WR set.

    Now, imagine that idiotic and unbelievable play calling on 90% of your offensive plays in each of the past 5+ years.

    THAT is Brian Schottenheimer. I’m not blaming Schotty for all of Sanchez’s issues, but it’s become evident that he’s just not the guy to lead a young quarterback.

    Hopefully the Dolphins offer him their head coaching position.

  34. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 29, 2011 1:08 PM

    WOW, you just can’t help yourself. The comments you delete must number in the thousands everyday.

  35. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 29, 2011 1:13 PM

    @goawayeverybody

    That is the worst case scenario to me.

  36. pack15forever says: Dec 29, 2011 1:56 PM

    Bill Callahan is one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL. Wouldn’t mind if the Packers hire him.

  37. promin1 says: Dec 29, 2011 3:24 PM

    I love watching the Jets in turmoil. Its hysterical. All the Jet fans are going to be so excited when Schotty gets fired and then talk Super Bowl again, then crash and burn once again next season when they realize its their idiot QB that is the problem. A good QB would still have made the throws regardless of how many times he had to drop back. He didn’t. Because he is terrible. End of story. But the witch hunt continues, because we all know it couldn’t be Sanchez.

  38. mrnickles says: Dec 29, 2011 8:27 PM

    promin1 says: Dec 29, 2011 3:24 PM

    I love watching the Jets in turmoil. Its hysterical. All the Jet fans are going to be so excited when Schotty gets fired and then talk Super Bowl again, then crash and burn once again next season when they realize its their idiot QB that is the problem. A good QB would still have made the throws regardless of how many times he had to drop back. He didn’t. Because he is terrible. End of story. But the witch hunt continues, because we all know it couldn’t be Sanchez.

    ____________________________
    The point is that fans want to see Sanchez with a different coordinator (Norv Turner?), before we give up on him. As cliche as its become -mostly because of Rex- Sanchez really does show glimpses of really impressive play. The problem is that Schottenheimer puts him in bad situations and constantly ignores his strengths.

    Give him another OC and another year (with an improved oline) and see if he takes a step. He’s making a lot of money, there’s no getting around that.

  39. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 30, 2011 4:27 AM

    Who would want to work for the modern day jets?

  40. dericjam says: Jan 9, 2012 6:35 AM

    Despite all the guys mentioned that deserve firing, I’ll be surprised at this point if *ANY* of them are. I am sure a lot of unsavory types would love to work for the Jets at this point. Apparently if Woody Johnson likes you then you have job security no matter how awful you actually are at your job.

  41. dericjam says: Jan 9, 2012 6:41 AM

    I hope at this point Rex Ryan leaves and goes to a team that won’t tie his hands then leave him taking all the blame. He’s the best thing about the coaching staff and it is painfully obvious at this point he deserves better. How many guys in this day and age have his loyalty, relentless optimism and class to go down with the ship like this man? Not many!

    Most people see his big mouth about promising super bowls as a flaw, but I see it as a strength. He is just doing everything he can, which is not enough, to help his embattled team.

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