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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: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:37 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

After all the slings and arrows the poor guy has endured I am not suprised he wants to leave this looney bin.  In his 6 years, he had 4 diff QBs (Pennington/Clemmens, Favre, Sanchez).  He coached an offense that made it to 2 AFC title games despite having a wet ehind the ears, highly erractic QB. He is saddled with proma donna WRs like Edwards and Holmes who the HC refuses to control.  I wish him the best.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:32 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Brian is smart enough to know that talk is cheap and the offense is not that good.  So he will go somewhere else and come back and whip the Jets butt.  Ground and pound works when you are close or ahead but look around the league is a passing league now.  What are you going to do when the score is 17-0 or 21-6?  you can ground and pound all you want but your defense is not that good anymore and your offense is old and slow.  Great move by Brian so when the Jets choke next year he won't be the fall guy.Cool

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:24 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets


Play 1: Run up the middle....    Result 2 yard gain
Play 2: Run right                          Result 3 yard gain
Play 3  Play action Roll Right    Result 3 yard gain

4th & 2 Punt rinse & repeat 9 more times....

This team has run the same boring,conservative offense for years now. A little wrinkle with Brad Smith last year. They attempted it again this year. For some reason they couldn't find the right person to run it. Weird.

This team by far is all around the slowedt team in the league.
The QB who should be your most intelligent player is confused and disgruntled.
The 2 safeties ( Leonard & Smith) constantly are getting beat in front of them, behind them.
I could go on and on. The sadest thing is it's not going to change. The Jets will go into next year with the same squad. A bunch of players who are not as good as they think they are.

QB Sanchez
LB Scott
LB Pace
WR Holmes
WR Burress
SS Smith
FS Leonard

You see my point.....

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:16 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

As a fins fan would someone please tell me why anyone would hire Tony Sparano as OC? I mean I guess he fits what the jets want to do in 3 yards and a cloud of dust and keeping sanchez but geeze that would just be a dumb hire

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:13 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

the Jets are not a team under Rex that is going to sit around and not try and improve a team that was not good this season.

Will you be singing the same story when Rex Ryan is starting Mark Sanchez 4 years from now because he gave up this career to draft this guy?

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:13 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

This is also why many moons ago AJ Smith didnt want Marty to bring his son in
The "all in the family" approoach never works, look at the mess in Washington with the Shanahans. But dude, for what it's worth,      
;  AJ Smith should have been gone about 2 years ago. He's cey tainoutlived his usefulness in SD.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:10 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Rex Ryan lies about winning Super Bowls, now he lies about letting Shotty go.  Typical classless Jets!

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:08 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Why can't the Jets franchise ever do anything up front like all the other franchises?
Because they're classless boobs. Starting with the GM down to their blowhard coach. But you know, classless doesn't always mean you have to be consigned to be a loser, the thing with the current regime in gang green is that they're classless AND incompetent. Schotty may have left something to be desired as an OC, but sheesh, Tannenbaum weighs him down with the locker room lawyer with a $50m contract, San Antonio Homes, a recylcled Plax and a 37 year old Mason? Top it off with a RB tandem that couldn't start on 3/4 of the rest of the teams in the league, and what did Schotty really have to work with? 
Then he has to endure the constant immature behavior of Wrecks? I bet he was thrilled to get some sort of buy-out to get the heck out of there.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:07 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Nothing classless about it. The guy should leave because he didnt do his job. offense wasnt good and neither was his play calling, beside sanchez aint all that great so that didnt help either. Time to improve just like every other team somake all the stupid statements you  want. Haters will be haters especially when you dont want to list your own team rookie.

Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:54 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Typical classless act by a classless organization.

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