As our Bob Glauber reported earlier on Twitter, a league source tells Newsday the Bills have contacted the Jets to ask for permission to talk to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer about their vacant head coaching position.

It's unclear when the meeting would take place because the Jets are in the midst of gameplanning for Sunday's AFC Divisional contest with the red-hot Chargers.

The Bills' interest in Schottenheimer stems from a variety of things, including his offensive background. Buffalo wants an offensive minded head coach to help jumpstart and revamp their anemic offense, which was ranked 30th overall in the league in 2009 and averaged 273.9 yards per game. Schottenheimer had one of his best play-calling games of the season Sunday from my perspective and doing it on a national stage might've upped his stock, as Ryan noted after the game.

Secondly, new Bills GM Buddy Nix knows Schottenheimer from their days together in San Diego when his father Marty Schottenheimer was the head coach. Nix and the elder Schottenheimer still have a good relationship and Marty would love nothing more than for his son to be the Bills' new man and work together closely with Nix to turn things around in Buffalo.

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But remember, Schottenheimer talked extensively last week about how comfortable he is here and how he loves coaching under Rex Ryan. Unlike year's past, he's not actively seeking to bolt New York and head somewhere else. (See: Mangini, Eric).

Schotty might have a tough choice to make: shuffle off to Buffalo and take on a massive rebuilding job for a franchise that's probably at least two years away from righting its ship and contending in a competitive AFC East. Or stay with a team for at least one more season that's built to be one of the AFC's top teams over the next three or four seasons.

At 36, he still has time to become a head coach. So it could turn out to be one of those thanks but no thanks type of situations with the Bills if he is offered the gig. Schottenheimer could become an even hotter commodity in 2010 if Mark Sanchez and the Jets' offense really takes flight and there are sure to be more attractive jobs open next season than the one that's vacant at the moment in Western New York.