Jaguars will interview Brian Schottenheimer

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The Jets’ season ended with the offense flailing about unsuccessfully, but that doesn’t seem to have taken much away from Brian Schottenheimer’s prospects of advancement.

Schottenheimer, who has been the Jets’ offensive coordinator for the last six years, will interview for the Jaguars’ head coaching job. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the interview will happen as early as this week.

Schottenheimer was criticized heavily in New York this season and it isn’t the first time he’s come under fire for his work with the Jets. Despite that, the team gave him a contract extension through 2013 and Rex Ryan said last week that he expected Schottenheimer to return if he didn’t get a head coaching job.

The Jaguars have also asked for permission to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. There will be surely be more names to come in the search for Shahid Khan’s first hire as the team’s new owner, but, for now, it looks like the Jaguars favor an offensive mind for the top job.

40 responses to “Jaguars will interview Brian Schottenheimer

  1. how funny would it be to see schotty fired today as a coordinator and then get hired as a head coach somewhere?

    if woody is seriously considering firing him, which im sure he is, he should probably give it a couple of weeks to see if he can get a HC job somewhere first. it would probably be the classy thing to do.

  2. I like the idea! Great coordinators make terrible head coaches so maybe terrible coordinators make great head coaches.

  3. Later Schotty!

    Jags better draft a QB, I know Sanchez isn’t anything special (that’s an understatement), but he definitely has more talent than anyone on the Jags depth chart.

    Glad he’ll be gone!

  4. Not too excited about these names so far…I’m thinking Gene Smith can’t handle an experience HC with too much success. More b.s. control games in JAX. C’mon, Khan! You wouldn’t let a “never have been” run an auto parts facility. Get you a great coach with a RECORD of winning.

  5. They’re interviewing two other guys at least, so it’s not like they absolutely want him. It could just be a formality for all we know, you cynical vultures.

  6. I remember several years ago (2002?) a guy named Sean Payton was a much maligned offensive coordinator for the NY Giants who was eventually stipped of his duties mid-season by then Head Coach Jim Fassel.

    He ended up with a head coaching job himself and seems to have done pretty well in the job.

    The NY Jets’ biggest issue is #6. Not the playcalling.

    Brian Schottenheimer could be that next great HC…

  7. Does anyone think he gets an interview or even the Jets O coordinators job if his last name wasn’t Schottenheimer? How many other coaches & exes sons are working as coaches, scouts or in the front offices around the league? That, my friends, is called the good old boys club. And you all say the minority Rooney Rule is unfair and not needed.

  8. I thought a new owner would want to try and increase excitement and raise ticket sales. Evidently Shad has other ideas. Maybe its part of a fiendish plot to relocate the team!!

    Seriously, this isn’t the hire to whip up interest in Jacksonville. They need someone who can help a young qb and Schotty Jr hasn’t been able to get consistent results from Sanchez.

  9. Last time I looked Schottenheimer hadn’t thrown one interception, fumbled any snaps or choked under pressure this year. Seems like Jets fans are looking for a scapegoat when in fact the problem may be the guy who lines up behind center. Its not play selection its play execution. Sanchez may not be the answer? The answer may have been prowling the sidelines in Indianapolis this past season?

  10. Jax hires Schottenheimer, then in 3 years he’s reunited with Rex in the NFL Network Studios doing pre-game shows.

  11. Dear Shahid Khan,

    As a Redskins fan, you have my full & unwavering permisson & blessing to interview Kyle Shanahan.

    Sincerely,

    TOU

  12. “but, for now, it looks like the Jaguars favor an offensive mind for the top job.”

    His mind sure is offensive, if the gameplans he puts out are anything to judge by.

    Maybe we can get the Jags to trade us Mike Thomas and a clipboard for Holmes and Sanchez?

  13. @unbiased5: unless sons of past head coaches are now considered a protected minority rule and this satisfies the Rooney rule, then there’d be no need for such a formality.

  14. Let them get whoever they want and will take the job. They still suck. As long as Mr. Cowher does not come out of retirement to go there I do not care. Also do not believe it will make that much of a discernible difference. Good luck !!!

  15. As a Dolphins fan, PLEASE make this hire so the Dolphins don’t even have a chance of bringing him in for even an interview. Please just take his name off of the market…

  16. Sure, because any time you can hire an offensive coordinator with a mediocre resume who’s current unit has regressed markedly every year he’s been in charge of it, that’s a move you absolutely have to make.

    They do realize which Schottenheimer they are interviewing, don’t they?

  17. The only possible reason I can see is the “Major League” scenario — field a team so awful that it enables you to move to another city.

    Great coordinators sometimes become mediocre head coaches. Mediocre coordinators never become great head coaches.

  18. hmpennypacker says: Jan 2, 2012 2:42 PM

    I thought a new owner would want to try and increase excitement and raise ticket sales. Evidently Shad has other ideas. Maybe its part of a fiendish plot to relocate the team!!

    Seriously, this isn’t the hire to whip up interest in Jacksonville. They need someone who can help a young qb and Schotty Jr hasn’t been able to get consistent results from Sanchez.

    ———————————————–
    Can you name a coach that is going to whip up interest that isn’t named Gruden, Fisher, or Cowher?

  19. Khan: “Hey Brian glad you could join us today. So do you think your dad would be interested in the opening?”

  20. Well, since Schottenheimer isn’t black, I can’t think of one reason they would interview him. Has any NFL team ever won a Superbowl with a Schottenheimer on the staff? I don’t think so.

  21. Schotty is ready to get out of dodge with the Jets. I heard Jet fan say he’s too conservative. Maybe that is true, but if he is conservative I’m pretty sure that has everything to do Sanchez, don’t you think. Either way whomever the Jags get it ABSOLUTELY needs to be the right one. There is no room for error anymore.

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