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Schottenheimer says he's happy to stay with Jets

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. - Maybe Brian Schottenheimer isn't going anywhere after all.

Rex Ryan made unsolicited remarks earlier in the week that the Jets probably were going to lose their offensive coordinator to a team actively looking for a new head coach. But Schottenheimer said Wednesday he hasn't been contacted by the Bills or any other team and apparently isn't ready to move on just yet.

Schottenheimer certainly sounded like someone who's not about to start scouring the Yellow Pages and calling movers for estimates. Let's just say he appears to be much more content than he was under former coach Eric Mangini.

"For the last couple of years, I've had some opportunities and was very interested," said Schottenheimer, who interviewed for the Jets' top position when Mangini was fired a year ago. "And for the first time in a real long time, I'm really happy. I love it here. I love working with coach Ryan. I hope I'm here for a long time.

"If somebody came and wanted to talk to me, would I listen? Probably," he added. "But I'm saying that I'm very happy here. I love the area, I love working with Rex. I'm excited about the things we're doing offensively and I'm content."

Asked specifically if he's been contacted by Buffalo, which reportedly has an interest in interviewing him, Schottenheimer said: "I know nothing. I really don't. I hear the rumors like you guys.''

Schottenheimer, who also previously interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Dolphins and Ravens, didn't rule out turning down a head coaching position if he were offered one. His preference at the moment is to stay with the Jets.

"What I've always wanted to do is be the best coordinator I can here and if I do a good job of that, which I'm striving every day to do that, I think at some point there probably will be opportunities," Schottenheimer said. "Again, this is a situation where in the past, I've been excited about trying to pursue those things where as now I'm very happy."

Schottenheimer said part of his desire to stay is because he wants to help develop rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and continue some of the relationships he's forged with the players. It stems from his appreciation for the way Ryan doesn't smother his assistants like some head coaches do and how they work through any differences they may have.

"Again, this is not just coachspeak," Schottenheimer added. "I'm very, very happy. I hope that we continue on this process for a long time."

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