Brian Schottenheimer's prospects for being a head coach never have been higher.
The New York Jets' offensive coordinator has been mentioned for top jobs before, but he always sounded like more of an afterthought. The timing seems right this time, and buzz is building about him becoming the Buffalo Bills' head coach.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan saw this coming a year ago. One of the first and wisest moves Ryan made after beating out Schottenheimer for Eric Mangini's vacancy was convincing him to stick around. Ryan soon predicted Schottenheimer would be a head coach in 2010.
The Jets granted the Bills permission to interview Schottenheimer this week. On Tuesday morning, we talked about Schottenheimer's candidacy during a segment for the "The Howard Simon Show" on Buffalo sports radio station WGR.
One of the topics we emphasized was Schottenheimer's diverse quarterback portfolio. The Bills have mammoth question marks at quarterback, but Schottenheimer has worked with about every type you can imagine: gunslingers, game managers, grizzled veterans, rookies. And he's won with all of them. Most impressive are the names of the young gems he has helped polish over the past eight years.
For Bills fans who are curious, I wanted to provide a rundown of starting quarterbacks Schottenheimer has been associated with as a player, quarterbacks coach or coordinator.
As a player at Florida
Backup to Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel
Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach
San Diego Chargers quarterbacks coach
New York Jets offensive coordinator