Schotty's dance card filling up

January, 12, 2012
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Former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is becoming a popular guy.

In addition to interviewing for the Alabama OC job -- that reportedly will take place Friday -- he's drawing interest from the Falcons and Jaguars, according to various reports.

The Falcons are looking to replace OC Mike Mularkey, who was hired as the Jaguars' head coach -- a job Schottenheimer coveted. Now Mularkey is looking to hire his own coordinator. Funny thing, this coaching carousel.

From Schottenheimer's standpoint, you'd think the most appealing job would be the Falcons because he'd be working with a talented, Matt Ryan-led offense (didn't look so talented against the Giants) and for a defensive-minded head coach, Mike Smith.

But it sounds like Schottenheimer is really thinking hard about the Alabama job. He has told friends that he wouldn't mind getting into the college ranks, and he apparently has an excellent chance to land the Crimson Tide job. Wonder how famous Alabama alum Joe Namath would feel about that?

Presumably, Schottenheimer wouldn't have autonomy working for an offensive-minded coach in Jacksonville. Plus, he'd inherit Blaine Gabbert, coming off a rough rookie year.

Other candidates for the Atlanta job are former Ravens coach Brian Billick, Packers QBs coach Tom Clements and Jaguars OC Dirk Koetter, according to the NFL Network.

Meanwhile, David Lee, whom the Jets interviewed Wednesday (presumably for QBs coach), reportedly was hired by the Bills.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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