AFC West: Brian Schottenheimer

Weekend mail call:

Ben from San Diego wants to know if I think the injury-prone running back Ryan Mathews will be a Charger in 2013.

Bill Williamson: Yes, he will be a Charger next year. Sure, he has been a disappointment after being the No. 12 pick in the 2010 draft because all of his injuries. But he will be given another year to prove himself.

Ian John from Pueblo, Co. wants to know if I think Denver could sign Kansas City free-agent to be Dwayne Bowe.

BW: I think we have to see where Denver is as far as what and where it wants to spend. A Denver receiving trio of Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Dwayne Bowe would be explosive. But Denver may want to spend elsewhere but it could be an interesting possibility.

Eric from Kansas City wants to know if I think St. Louis' offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer could end up as a head coach in the AFC West.

BW: Well, there are two teams in the division that very likely will be looking for new head coaches -- Kansas City and San Diego. Marty Schottenheimer, was the head coach in both cities and he remains popular in both places. I think the hiring of Brian Schottenheimer would play well in both cities. I also think he fits each team’s philosophy and financial guidelines So, yes, I can see Schottenheimer being an option for both the Chiefs and the Chargers. But the reality is, Marty Schottenheimer still has a close relationship with Kansas City’s ownership, while he left San Diego on bad terms. Perhaps that would sway his son’s thinking.

AFC West notes

January, 21, 2012
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Oakland coach Hue Jackson was bypassed for the St. Louis offensive coordinator job. The paper reports new Rams coach Jeff Fisher picked former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer over Jackson.

That has to be a tough blow for a former head coach to be bypassed in favor of a former offensive coordinator. There are other offensive coordinator jobs available, so perhaps Jackson will land somewhere. As of now, there has not been any reported interest in Jackson, including in Kansas City, where the Chiefs are looking for an offensive coordinator. Friday, we suggested the Colts should consider Jackson for their head-coaching job.

In other AFC West news:

The Chicago Sun-Times identifies Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery as the favorite to become the Bears’ general manger. He has worked in Chicago in the past. Chargers executive Jimmy Raye has also interviewed for the job.

The Miami Herald reports one of the reasons Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy did not get the Dolphins’ head-coaching job -- it went to Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin -– is that he was reluctant to keep interim Dolphins coach Todd Bowles as the defensive coordinator. Bowles has interviewed in Oakland for the head-coaching job and McCoy backed out of his Oakland interview to concentrate on a second interview with the Dolphins. It’s unclear if the Raiders will look to interview McCoy at this point.
This one has to sting, Chargers fans.

Marty Schottenheimer got a game ball for the Jets’ win over San Diego in the AFC divisional playoffs Sunday. Ouch.

Schottenheimer is a beloved figure in San Diego. Many fans were in an uproar after he was fired following a first-round playoff loss in 2006. San Diego was 14-2 in the regular season that year. It was 13-3 this year and coach Norv Turner received a three-year contract extension the day after the loss.

Schottenheimer didn’t get along with the San Diego front office and that led to his departure.

Why did Schottenheimer get the game ball from Ryan? New York’s offensive coordinator is Brian Schottenheimer, Marty’s son.

Brian Schottenheimer admitted this week the win over San Diego felt good because of his father’s past. Clearly, Brian Schottenheimer and Ryan's motivation to beat the Chargers went beyond progressing to the AFC championship game.

Again, ouch.