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Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:32 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 1:03 am
Brian Schottenheimer has 'decided not to return' to the Jets. (Getty Images)
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By Will Brinson

Brian Schottenheimer's been a scapegoat and a half for Jets fans over the past year, owing largely to failures by the team's offense. Many expected him gone after the 2011 season, but Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum were adamant that he wouldn't be fired.

But there were plenty of rumblings that he was on his way out of New York anyway, so it makes total sense that the Jets announced on Tuesday night that he's "decided not to return."

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"After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to return to the New York Jets in 2012," said Schottenheimer in a statement issued by the team. "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."

So, um, yeah. This is a bit weird since he's not "fired" per se, but he's also not exactly leaving for a promotion, which is precisely what Rex intimated at his press conference. If Schotty ends up taking a gig with his dad in Tampa Bay, which is a reasonable possibility, then it's (maybe) a different story.

Otherwise it has a disingenuous feel of a "you've got to go but we're not going to fire you since we said we wouldn't" type of thing. Or he's just looking for a "fresh start." You know, whatever.

"Brian and I talked and I understand his decision to look for a fresh start," Rex Ryan said in the team's statement. "I’d like to thank him for all of his contributions these past three seasons. He’s been right there with me, shoulder to shoulder, and played a key role in our success, helping us to reach two AFC Championship games. As I’ve said before, coaching is in his bloodlines, he has a tremendous work ethic and I consider myself fortunate to have worked with him.

"He has acquired a lot of experience at a young age and has a bright future in front of him. I know that he will be a successful head coach one day - probably sooner than later."

Bill Callahan's gone as well, so it means that the Jets are on the market for an offensive coordinator now. There were rumors that Todd Haley and Tony Sparano were shopping themselves as a package deal, but that just seems too odd to work.

Haley seems like a logical fit, and we wouldn't count out former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that ex-Dolphins coach Tony Sparano is "first in line" for the offensive coordinator position and could be announced as early as Wednesday.

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Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:47 pm

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

The Jets are a mess; the tone in any organization is set by the leadership.  I don't know a thing about the NYJ ownership, and all I know about Rex Ryan comes from how he puts himself out there to the media.  He's a blowhard who loves the cameras and microphones.  And considering the backwash of crap since the season's end about the Jets, he has no clue about managing people.  

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:07 pm

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

I am not at all sad to see Schottenheimer, one of the most predictable offensive coordinators in the league, move on.  But this teams problems go far deeper.   And for the most part can be attributed to the drafts of Mike Tannenbaum.   I see a lot of posts in this thread about what this team needs, many pointing to different positions, and none are out of line.  This is indicative of a team was shown this past season to be sorely lacking in both speed and depth up and down the roster.  There is no quick remedy for this, and it can only be solved by a couple of deep and successful drafts, something Tannenbaum has rarely had in his time here.  It's going to be awfully hard to live off the 06-07 hauls of Ferguson, Mangold, Revis and Harris forever.  Not to mention the premium price Tannenbaum pays in draft picks to move up and pick up the players he craves.  Which is fine if you're coming up with a Revis.  Not so much, when you do so to pick up the Valdimir Duscasse types of the world.  This team is paying the price for too many two and three player drafts and the failure to come up with good talent in the later rounds.  If you're going to parlay all of your picks into high selections every year, you are going to wind up with a thin roster eventually.  And the picks that fail to live up to expectations like Vernon Gholston, Kyle Wilson and Ducasse wind up being checks that your thin draft hauls just can't be affording to cash.  Tannenbaum did some good things last year, drafting a young defensive lineman with talent for the first time in just about forever with Muhammad Wilkerson and actually finding a guy in Kerley later who was just about the only receiver on this team with the speed to get open downfield, if Sanchez had only been able to get him the ball.   There is a reason the Patriots are so successful and always able to reload.  They draft deep.  Until Tannenbaum and Ryan understand that concept, they are going to continue eating New England's dust in the standings every year and 1968 is only going to keep looking further away in this team's rear view mirror.  So I suggest Tannenbaum get down  to some serious work building this roster and stop looking for the big New York splash.  It's not the way to build a winning football team.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:05 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Another Schottenheimer for the Browns?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:00 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

sfpatriots? Really? Does that translate to gay pats fan? Just asking....If you think Schott was smart or good you are mistaken. I would sit with friends watching the games ans call the plays as most fans could. He also would change things that were working during the game. The guy was terrible. He can leave and take his BS trick plays with him. The bigest problem besides him was the right takle. Wow was he terrible. Hopefully the Jets draft or pick up a nice monster right tackle and a real safety that can cover that monster the Pats have at tight end and we are good to go. I would not mind getting another linebacker and pass rusher.

I suggest your not so cocky Pats fans, your time has come and gone I am sure you will admit your defense is very weak and against some of these playoff teeams you are in deep trouble, Heck you may even get Tee-Bowed !!   

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:01 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

The main issue for the offense this year was that The OL was a mess.  They couldn’t pass and/or run block.  As most of us know, it all starts up front on both sides of the ball. The Jets have a lot of holes to fill. Mr. T needs to have a great draft, b/c the last couple have been suspect at best.

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:53 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Chiefs HC Todd Haley visiting with the Jets today. Jets could team Tony Sparano as OC, Haley as asst HC, to repace Brian Schottenheimer.

Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:47 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

It would help if the Jets got a true deep threat at wideout.  Their offense doesn't hit a lot of big plays and that's part of the reason.  Any QB is helped tremendously by an offense that makes opposing defenses respect the deep throws.  It also may be that Sanchez is part of the problem but it would be nice to see what he can do with a real deep threat.  So far we don't know.  It's not clear to me that the Jets even perceive wideout to be an area needing an upgrade, which speaks to something lacking the organizational level.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:38 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

It's been coming. I thought it was strange when Rex got hired he kept him around.  Not saying that it's all his fault for the Jets season, that has more to do with egos, underperforming and just all around poor play.  I wish him luck where ever he ends up and thanks for trying to make sanchez a decent QB but I don't think anyone can do that.  Really hope the Jets take some time in hiring a new OC but it sounds like it's down to a couple guys already with Sparano the likely hire...kinda hope those reports are wrong.  Just want them to not hire the first guy they interview and give some other coaches a shot to at least sit down and talk with them.  Then go out and draft a qb to sit behind sanchez for a year or two and learn from his mistakes.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:34 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Brian, dont forget to take Sanchez and Rex with you! Have a nice day.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:54 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

DEAD BTN DOM... A Ravens fan. A Heat fan. A Phillies fan. A typical front-running, know nothing loud mouth. You don't understand the first thing about fan loyalty... Yet YOU want to comment on being classless? What a joke!

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