Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer informed the team that he would not return for the 2012 season on Tuesday night, but now it appears that the son of Marty didn’t have much of a choice in the matter.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Jets informed Schottenheimer to find another job or leave the organization.
The Jets gave permission to the Jacksonville Jaguars to interview Schottenheimer for their head coaching vacancy, a job that Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Schottenheimer was qualified to perform.
“I’ll say that (he expects Schottenheimer to return in 2012), but obviously if he gets a head coaching job then ‘see you later,'” Ryan said during his final press conference of the 2011 season. “And I’d be happy to see that. So, do I expect him back? It’s probably 50-50 on that, because I think there’s an opportunity for Brian to get a head coaching job this year.
“I thought that the first two years but it wasn’t to be. He certainly would be a qualified applicant as a head coach, that’s for sure.”
The Jaguars hired former Buffalo Bills head coach and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey on Tuesday night.
Florio adds that the Jets owe Schottenheimer over $3 million over the two remaining years of his contract. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via The Tampa Tribune, reports that Schottenheimer would not be a part of a potential Tampa Bay Bucccaneers coaching staff that his father, Marty Schottenheimer, would assemble if hired for that opening.