Brian Schottenheimer is as happy as he's ever been during his four seasons calling plays for the Jets' offense and it sounds like the 36-year-old isn't ready to go anywhere at the moment.
Schottenheimer addressed the rumors that he might be leaving to take a head coaching job somewhere -- Buffalo is the first team that comes to mind -- and said he really isn't looking to go anywhere. He's enjoying being a part of Rex Ryan's staff also seemed to take a subtle swipe at the Eric Mangini regime without directly coming out and saying he wasn't happy with working under the current Browns coach who's barely holding onto his job after a 5-11 season.
"For the last couple of years, I’ve had some opportunities and was very interested," Schottenheimer said. "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."
There were reports surfacing over the last week that the Bills had Schottenheimer on their short list since Buffalo's new GM Buddy Nix knew Schottenheimer from their days in San Diego together. Schottenheimer said he hasn't been contacted by the Bills, however, and isn't even sure if he is indeed a candidate.
"I know nothing," he said. "I really don’t. I hear the rumors like you guys. All I hear is the same rumors."
So does that mean he wouldn't have a sit down with an interested team?
"If somebody came and wanted to talk to me, would I listen? Probably," he said. "But I’m saying that I’m very happy here, and I love the area. I love working with Rex. I’m excited about the things we’re doing offensively and I’m content."
Wait, so he'd turn down a head coaching gig to stay here?
"Probably. I’m very happy," Schottenheimer said. "I haven’t put a lot of thought and effort into it. 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 opportuinities. Again, this is a situation where in the past, I’ve been excited about trying to persue those things, where as now I’m very happy."
"It’s all about timing," he added. "You want to be in the right spot and right now I’m in a great spot. I’m with a great organization with Woody [Johnson] and Mike [Tannenbaum]. I made the decision to come back last year not knowing what this year would hold working for Rex. It hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been pretty damn close."
All this was obviously a different take than the vibe Rex gave off on Monday, when he openly said he thought some team was ready to pluck Schottenheimer off his staff and remarked how thought he would be a head coach next season.
"Somebody told me that and I was like, 'Maybe he’s trying to push me out the door,' and I kind of chuckled about it," Schottenheimer said. "I’m happy that Rex thinks we’re doing a good job. We’re all pleased with the job with how we’ve kind of fought through adversity. I think we are one of the few teams that’s ever had two three-game losing streaks that’s ever made the playoffs. So it pleased me that he feels that way about me. The feeling is mutuial. I can’t say enough about the guy. Not just the coach, the guy."
Schottenheimer said he simply loves working for Rex.
"With the way Rex runs things and the way he structures things, he’s about really building people up and I think you see that with the players, you see that with the coaches," he said. "We all feel that and, again, it’s just there’s different ways to do it and Rex is just really easy to work for. He and I, we have things we disagree on. But it’s easily talked about and discussed. He’s just a great guy to work for and he’s taught me a lot. There’s different ways to do things. I’ve been around a lot of good coaches and he has a philosophy that I really like."
"Again, this is just not coach speak," he later added. "I’m very very happy. I hope that we continue on this process for a long time. I hope we win a lot of games. I mean that and it’s not just something that I’m saying."