Schottenheimer’s status with Jets in question

New York has its new head coach, Rex Ryan, but it does not have its offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer — at least not yet.

Despite reports that Schottenheimer will be returning to the Jets, another source insisted that no decision has been made and it might not be until the end of this week. Schottenheimer is said to be mulling his options for the 2009 season and beyond, and it is far from certain that he will be back in New York, even if the Jets want him.

Schottenheimer does have one year remaining on his Jets contract, tying him to New York. But sometimes when candidates are passed over for head-coaching jobs, teams allow them to leave, and that might well turn out to be the case with Schottenheimer.

As it stands, Schottenheimer is said to be wanted in New York but also curious about other opportunities. These days there are plenty.

There are six known offensive coordinator openings — Detroit, New England, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Tampa Bay. Plus Kansas City and Carolina could be in the market for an offensive coordinator.

Schottenheimer would be one of the most sought-after offensive coordinators on the open market. But first he and the Jets must figure out how to sift through their situation.

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