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Schotty, Pettine strike down rumors

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer announced that he

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer announced that he won't return for a seventh season. (Jan. 5, 2011) Credit: Joe Epstein

Brian Schottenheimer's name is popping up in some circles in South Florida, mentioned among the possible candidates to replace the fired Tony Sparano.

But the Jets offensive coordinator said the Dolphins head coaching gig isn't on his radar, and he's perfectly fine with his current situation -- even if Jets fans continue to call for his head. 

"I'm just happy to have a job," Schottenheimer said when I asked him about the speculation regarding the Dolphins. "A few weeks ago, if you would've asked people, I'd be lucky to have a job." 

Schottenheimer said he's focused on the task at hand, which is trying to get the Jets into the postseason for the third time in Rex Ryan's three seasons at the helm. 

"This is the time of year for people to speculate and talk and this is the time of year for us to work," he said. "We’re trying to make a push, we’ve played well this time of year the last couple of years. Hopefully, we’re hitting that stride. Again, I’m thrilled where I’m at and hopefully we can take this thing a long way.”

An internet report suggested defensive coordinator Mike Pettine could be a candidate for the Penn State job, but he denied it's something that he's pursuing.

"No, I’m thrilled where I am," Pettine said. "There’s not much interest there. There hasn’t been contact either way. So I just think that was somebody that did the math -- Pennsylvania background, opening at a Pennsylvania school.

"So I guess the next will be I’m up for the Pitt job."

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