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Jets' Schottenheimer says he can handle criticism

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer could be a

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer could be a candidate for several open NFL head coaching positions. (November 29, 2009) Credit: Joe Rogate

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - As the son of a longtime NFL coach and someone who's been around the league for a spell himself, Brian Schottenheimer knows how things work.

The Jets offensive coordinator is beginning to take heat for his play-calling as well as his development of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. Schottenheimer, one of the holdovers from Eric Mangini's staff, has drawn the ire of Jets fans for a while, and his scheme this season sometimes appears to get away from Rex Ryan's ground and pound philosophy.

Schottenheimer's job security is becoming a hot topic, and he understands having the bull's-eye on his back comes with the gig.

"When I signed on to do this job, four years ago to the day, nothing's different," he said Wednesday. "There's going to be bullets. When you're doing well, you are going to get a lot of accolades and it's great. And when you're struggling, you've got to come in and answer a lot of questions. That goes with the territory. All you can do is roll up your sleeves and keep working hard."

Double trouble for Revis

Cornerback Darrelle Revis dipped into his basketball knowledge when asked about the difficulties of stopping the Peyton Manning-Reggie Wayne combination. Manning leads the NFL in passing yards with 4,213, Wayne is second in receiving yards (1,210), and they have hooked up for 10 touchdowns. Revis cited another tandem that made a living in the 1990s breaking the hearts of New York fans.

"This game right here, it's going to be like Michael Jordan and [Scottie] Pippen versus me," Revis said with a laugh. "So it's going to be something crazy. It's going to be exciting, though."

Extra points

Former Bengals RB Chris Perry worked out for the Jets Tuesday, and a league source said they also brought in former Nevada LB Ezra Butler. Ryan said Perry had "an impressive workout." . . . Kellen Clemens, who had all sorts of trouble getting snaps down on field goals Sunday, will remain the holder.

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