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Schotty not worried about job status

=Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets

=Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talks with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer during their game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 17, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Brian Schottenheimer wasn't sporting a blindfold and holding a lit cigarette in his hand as he approached the podium this afternoon.

But it still seemed like he was standing in front of a firing squad.

Schottenheimer was grilled about the struggles of the Jets' 27th-ranked offense and didn't deny that ultimately it falls on his shoulders.

"Absolutely. I’m the offensive coordinator," Schottenheimer said. "I think that comes with the territory. If you are going to talk about inconsistencies, I have to own that responsibility. It’s our unit’s job, our staff’s job. 

"But if we are going to talk about those things, let’s talk about the things we did well. The Money Zone and scoring and some things like that. It’s not all bad, but again the inconsistencies … when you are struggling and on the verge of trying to make the playoffs, that stuff is going to be pointed out."

Asked if he believes the Jets must turn in a good performance in Miami on Sunday to save job, Schottenhiemer said: "I don’t think so. I think however we play this weekend, we’ll go back and we’ll look at it and we’ll give a full evaluation of how we play. 

"I am not worried about that at all. I want to play well, I think we need to play well because there’s certainly a chance for us to still make the playoffs and once you get in, you’ve got a chance to compete. We’ve shown that the last couple of years, first year especially where we got in the last week and then went on a run. But again, I don’t worry about that."

That's because he knows what it's like to lose his job. See: San Diego.

"I've been fired before," Schottenheimer said. "If you get into this profession you're going to get fired. And guys that sit there and worry about it are the guys who generally get fired because they are sitting there worrying about it. But again, he's been great for me throughout my coaching career.

"You have a chance to lean on guys like that and Rex and I talk about this all the time. We learned so much about this game just growing up around our fathers that maybe it allows you to handle things like this maybe a little bit better than most."

Schottenheimer said he hasn't let questions about his job security affect him.

"You can’t let it," he said. "You get texts from your friends, 'Hey, you doing OK?’ And you don’t have time to worry about it. It’s out of my control. I’m an excellent football coach. Have we been inconsistent this year? Absolutely. I wish I can put my finger on that and say exactly why that was. There’s things that clearly I can do better. There’s things that clearly the unit can do better. But you don’t have time to worry about it. 

"You are talking to somebody that has been here six years now, I grew up in a household around a coach that took a lot of heat, got fired at 14-2. You have no control over it, so you just roll with the punches."

Schottenheimer added: "You have high highs and low lows in this business. And the low lows can outweigh the highs if you let them. But you take it, you go to work and you roll your sleeves up and we’ve got to find a way to beat Miami."

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