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Monday, January 2, 2012
Tannebaum: Schottenheimer will return

By James Walker

New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said in the season-ending news conference that embattled offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will return to the team next season. The only exception would be if Schottenheimer gets a head-coaching job.

New York ranked No. 25 in total offense and had a bevy of issues this season, but will give it another try.

"We do expect Brian Schottenheimer back," Tannenbaum said. "We've been with him now for six years. I really respect the job that he's done in terms of working with three different quarterbacks, two [AFC] Championship Games, and he’s done a really incredible job for us."

The Jets confirmed Schottenheimer will interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their head-coach opening. Schottenheimer may get more interview requests as jobs continue to open around the league.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan also provided another vote of confidence for Schottenheimer on Monday.