Report: If Schottenheimer Leaves, Jets Would Eye Sparano, Koetter

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Jets say they want to retain offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

But what if they have a change of heart — or if he lands a head coaching job elsewhere?

According to the New York Post, New York is building a list of potential candidates in case they need to replace Schottenheimer. Former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter are on the list, the paper reported.

Schottenheimer interviewed for the Jaguars’ vacancy at head coach Friday.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum said last week that they “expect” Schottenheimer to return next season. That is, unless he’s hired for a top job elsewhere.

The 38-year-old coordinator has been under fire for running an ineffective and inconsistent offense which finished 25th overall.

“I think the criticism specifically about Brian,” Ryan said, “I believe, is unfair.”

Schottenheimer has also been heavily criticized for his failure to develop quarterback Mark Sanchez.

“To say that you’re considering making a change, that’s not helpful for Brian,” said Ryan. “He’s under contract as the offensive coordinator. It’s certainly going to help his chances of being a head coach.”

Would Sparano or Koetter be an upgrade at offensive coordinator? Sound off below…

  • scorp980

    This franchise does it to us all the time, they build a good team and it looks like they finally know what they are doing, everything looks promising, and then some one flips the stupid switch and the decision making goes out the window, all of a sudden they for some strange un-godly reason support and refuse to get rid of their garbage offensive coordinator, that has never had any real success as one. And refuse to bench a Quarterback who is inept at his position, not even to teach him a lesson or too light a fire under his you know what. Man I wish I could work for an organization that would allow me to fail time and time again and still guarantee my job. Same old Jets!

  • Rich From Mastic Beach

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!!!!! I threw out the S.O.J’s saying last year. it would DEFINATELY come back with either of the 2…If Callahan isn’t named O.C. The J’s lost a fan and Rex and ” Mr. T ” AINT GOTTA A CLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Martin M

    Jet fans have been screaming for a couple of years now to get rid of B.S. and Ryan thinks that being the O.C. is “certainly going to help his chances of being a head coach”!!!!?? What Ryan and the Jets really are saying is “somebody take him please so we’re not on the hook for millions in salary and so we don’t lose credibility by firing him after insisting that he will return next year if he does not get a head coaching job.” No way he gets a head coaching job, at least not in the NFL. Jet offense is painful to watch and when you combine Sanchez’s lack of accuracy and smarts, Schottenheimer’s terrible play calling is magnified.

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