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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Ryan: Schottenheimer a head coach in 2010


DANA POINT, Calif. -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan expects to be in the market for another offensive coordinator.

Ryan, speaking to reporters during the NFL owners' meeting at the St. Regis Hotel, predicted Jets playcaller Brian Schottenheimer will be an opposing head coach in 2010.

Ryan was asked which of his assistants he'll be relying on most in his first season as an NFL head coach.

"I've got several guys like that," said Ryan, who served on the Baltimore Ravens' defensive staff for 10 years before replacing Eric Mangini as the Jets' sideline boss. "The first one being on offense, I've got [offensive line coach] Bill Callahan. He's done everything in this league as an assistant coach and almost won it all as a head coach. He's seen a lot of huddles broke in his day.

"I'll lean on him, and I'll lean on Brian Schottenheimer. Here's a guy that's going to be a head coach next year anyway."

Schottenheimer and Callahan interviewed for the Jets' vacancy after Mangini was fired. Ryan needed to convince Schottenheimer, who was disappointed in not receiving the promotion, to remain on the staff.

Schottenheimer interviewed for the Ravens' opening last year after Baltimore axed Brian Billick.

As for calling the defensive plays, Ryan reaffirmed his intentions of doing it himself.