Over the course of Brian Schottenheimer’s six seasons as offensive coordinator of the New York Jets, he interviewed for a head coaching job five times. His sixth interview, however, could come in a familiar setting.
On Sunday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Schottenheimer is expected to be in the mix as a potential target for New York’s head coach position, which became available shortly after the end of the Jets’ season on Sunday with Adam Gase’s firing.
To begin their search, New York has already requested to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Titans OC Arthur Smith, Bills OC Brian Daboll, and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. More requests, including one to the Seahawks to interview Schottenheimer, are surely on the way.
#Jets have requested interview with Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, per @AdamSchefter. They interviewed him in 2019. Also expected to request Titans OC Arthur Smith. Submitted request for Colts DC Matt Eberflus, as @TomPelissero said. Process is underway.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 4, 2021
Schottenheimer was previously brought up as a potential interview candidate with the Texans, as well. When mentioned as someone likely to draw interest around the league in December, both Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson gave strong endorsements of Schottenheimer’s worthiness and preparedness to be a head coach. In the next few days, we should learn whether the league shares that opinion.