- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has a legitimate chance to land the head-coaching gig with the Jaguars, from what I'm told.
Schottenheimer reportedly interviewed Friday with Jacksonville officials. Clearly, the Jaguars are looking for an offensive-minded coach with the ability to groom a young quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. Schottenheimer has charisma, and it wouldn't shock me if he killed the interview. He also has ties to the area, as a former backup quarterback for the Florida Gators in the 1990s.
Plus, it's not like he's competing against a who's who? of coaching candidates. Various reports have linked Mike Mularkey (Falcons), Mike McCoy (Broncos), Rob Chudzinski (Panthers) and Jay Gruden (Bengals) to the vacancy. Interim coach Mel Tucker also interviewed.
Schottenheimer hasn't been linked with any other NFL openings, although the Florida Times-Union reported that he was briefly in the mix for the Gators' offensive-coordinator job.
Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum have said numerous times that Schottenheimer would return as their offensive coordinator if he doesn't get a job elsewhere, but you get the feeling they know he isn't coming back. Schottenheimer has two years, $3.2 million left on his contract, but the Jets wouldn't be responsible for that if he lands a HC job in the NFL.
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