Schottenheimer won’t return to Jets

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Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer didn’t do the Jets a favor by getting the head coaching job in Jacksonville. So he’s going to do the next best thing.

The Jets announced Tuesday night that Schottenheimer informed the team he won’t return for 2012.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to return to the New York Jets in 2012,” said Schottenheimer in a carefully crafted statement released by the Jets. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the six years I have been here.

“I am grateful for the relationships that I have with our players and coaches and appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into our success. My family and I would like to thank Rex Ryan and the entire Jets organization and wish them continued success. I look forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”

Rex Ryan said that he understood Schottenheimer wanted a “fresh start” elsewhere and knows he’ll be a “successful head coach” some day.

This sounds like the nicest firing ever. It’s worded in such a way not to hurt Schottenheimer’s ability to get future work, especially after the Jets said they’d keep Schottenheimer. Perhaps Brian will end up with his father in Tampa Bay.

We are very curious how much money, if any, Schottenheimer will get from the two years remaining on his contract.  A Jets spokesman told PFT that the team won’t discuss contract details.

Either way, getting rid of Schottenheimer is a lot less costly than dumping Santonio Holmes.

UPDATE 12:02 a.m. ET: Tony Sparano is expected to take Schottenheimer’s place.

59 responses to “Schottenheimer won’t return to Jets

  1. i wonder if Todd Haley has been hired by the Cardinals yet??? if not, maybe Haley and Sparano can go to the Jets together.

  2. This is a truly incredible day. While Schotty has been made a scapegoat for sure, the teams lack of offensive success over the last 6 years has to fall on his shoulders.

    This is the best thing to happen the Jets since Foxboro last year. It doesn’t suddenly make Sanchez an even marginal QB, but it does mean that we’ll all at least find out once and for all who the real cause behind the Jets offensive futility is.

  3. “Either way, getting rid of Schottenheimer would be a lot less costly than dumping Santonio Holmes.”

    It could be argued that keeping Holmes will be very expensive…

    Either way, this is FUN to watch!!!

  4. Here I thought the Jets were the new big brother in East Rutherford. The hilarious implosion continues. Let’s see how endearing that obese loudmouth of a head coach is during the next few rebuilding years.

  5. New York is a tough place to work and the Jets have not made it any easier on some of the players and coaches who seem to be pretty good guys. Poor decisions such as making Santonio Holmes a captain (WTF !) have just added to the circus. I don’t know if Shottenheimer is a good coordinator because of the poor play by many of his key offensive players this past year. I certainly wish him the best of luck in his next job.

    I am certain that the Jets are paying the next two years of his contract if he does not get a another position.

  6. He’ll likely join Marty in Tampa Bay as their OC. Wonder how well Josh will progress under the tutelage of the Schottys playing MartyBall.

  7. i can’t believe the jets and their fans are using him as a scapegoat for how terrible sanchez is. this team is going no where with sanchez at qb. CAN’T WAIT for next years super bowl guarantee ha

  8. As a jets fan let me say finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has been a long time coming. This is the best thing that has happened to the jets this year by far!!!!

  9. So they need to replace the OC. Just curious, did they replace the “Tripping the opposing players on kickoff returns” Coach yet?

  10. Cool, the NFC West gets to play the Jets next year. It’ll be like a bye…

    When they hire Sparano it’s going to look like a new comedy team. Hardy and Costello!

  11. Now if the Jets can find a way to get rid of Sanchez and find a real QB they can start over. Sanchez is not a top of the line NFL QB, and never will be. I have a feeling the Jets will keep him for the rest of his contract and he’ll be in the wind, hopefully, but if they can find some team that happens to see something in him and wants to deal for him I’d say grab that deal asap.

  12. The only reason that Schottenheimer got the job in the first place is that he had the right last name. He’d never been a coordinator anywhere–let alone a successful one–when he was handed the job at age 32.

    And all you need to know about him as an OC is that Brett Favre and Chad Pennington each went on to have a much better season the year after they left him.

  13. Nice well now it’ll be funny next year when Sanchez is just as bad and everyone starts blaming Sparano for the lack of an offense…the problem was never Shotty and I wish now that the patriots had held off on mcdaniels and brought Shotty in and made him look like a genius just to make the jets look even worse

  14. The Jets are a dumpster fire of an organization right now. Schottenheimer probably couldn’t wait to get out of town.

  15. roamingabriel says: Jan 10, 2012 11:35 PM

    “Either way, getting rid of Schottenheimer would be a lot less costly than dumping Santonio Holmes.”

    It could be argued that keeping Holmes will be very expensive…

    Either way, this is FUN to watch!!!
    Keeping Holmes won’t cost the Jets any more than cutting him will, at least not for this season. Holmes has around $7 million fully guaranteed for injury, performance, etc. If the Jets cut Holmes for walking along the sideline and flipping off the coaching staff rather than running his routes during a game, they’d still have to pay him the full amount…and that’s a lot more than coordinators make. So, they’re going to keep the guy and hope he gets his head on straight. Once you make that decision, then you have to decide if you’re going to keep the coordinator who was the only one to man up and bench Holmes when he was getting into fights with his teammates. In other words, you have to decide whether you figure the coordinator can get the player to straighten up, or if his presence will only make matters worse. It looks like either the Jets decided it would only make matters worse or Schotty simply didn’t want to have to deal with any more bs.

    Sidenote: There is one factor that could lead to the Jets cutting Holmes. When the Jets pay out this $7 million, it activates a similar guaranteed amount for the following year. So, the real decision is to either cut him and eat $7 million both in real money and cap space next season, or keep him for next season and the following year at a little over $7 million per. Looks like the Jets are going to keep him for those two years at least and hope his talent outweighs his poor attitude.

  16. .

    How many Schottenheimer’s does it take to ruin an already moribund franchise? Let’s count ….Marty – coach, boy wonder – offensive coordinator , Mrs Marty – head cheerleader, Marty’s dog – defensive coordinator, Marty’s doctor – team physician ….

    Incompetence or nepotism? Gotta go with incompetence.


  17. If we read between the lines I think what Shotty is saying is I don’t want to work with Sanchez anymore. I hope his dad gets the TB job. Shotty is a class act and a fine coach.

  18. .


    “I’d rather have Tony Danza ”

    That’s the kind of outside the box thinking the nation is clamoring for. Have you ever considered politics ?


  19. Wow, now the Jet’s get a new Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach & Receivers Coach.

    Congratulations Jet’s Fans you got your Scapegoat.

    So now what?

    You still have Holmes & a few other losers.

    Same Old Jets!

  20. Excellent news for the rest of the AFC east! We were terrified they were going to get rid of snachez!!! Schott, though nothing special wasnt the one out on the field terrified, throwing passes that looked like drunk ducks attempting to fly, locking into one receiver and fumbling.

  21. All you Jets fans that are jumping for joy.
    You just hired Tony Sunglasses to replace him

    Still happy?

    From bad to worse

  22. Here’s what Jets fans should be mad about. GM Mike Tannenbaum went to UMass. Victor Cruz went to UMass.

    How could he not have invited Cruz to Jets camp? I mean, UMass probably puts out about 1 possible NFL player per decade and they are thin at WR.

    I’m sure Cruz would have chosen the Jets over the Giants if given the choice. Jets had an easier WR depth chart to crack and a UMass alum making the roster decisions.

  23. caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Jan 10, 2012 11:56 PM
    So they need to replace the OC. Just curious, did they replace the “Tripping the opposing players on kickoff returns” Coach yet?
    They’re considering Adam “Pacman” Jones due to the excellent sideline abilities he so clearly demonstrated against Andre Johnson.

  24. Very sad news for me, but I’m a Pats fan.

    Fortunatelly they stick with SexyRexy. Than can do the trick in itself.

  25. I never was a fan of Shottenheimer’s play calling. Nice guy so im glad they gave him the boot in the nicest way possible. This doesnt even begin to scratch the surface of their problems on offense.

    I dont expect much improvement from them next year. Sanchez needs to make better decisions. I doubt he will. Holmes is a cancer, the running game was poor and the offensive line was a wreck. You can bring in whoever you want as OC but its going ot take more than one offseason to address the issues the Jets have on offense

  26. While many things on this team need to be fixed, Shotty should have been fired four years ago, so anyone thinking he’s a scapegoat is just incorrect. His play calling is predictible and he has bad clock management-no hurry up whatsoever.
    As for Sanchez-he’s not a horrible QB. One bad year does not make him horrible and I don’t blame it all on him. Shotty’s bad play calling, Wayne Hunter couldn’t block anyone which left Sanchez wide open, Shotty didn’t build up the running game as he should have, etc. Sanchez is no Brady or Manning (Peyton), but I think he has a better year next year if we can get the O-Line shored up and the running game established. It’s hard for me to say if Shonn Greene is a first string back. He didn’t get a lot of touches this year and he was injured a bit. If LDT is gone, even though we have McKnight, I wouldn’t mind seeking out a veteran RB.

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