Schottenheimer denies he’s a Bills coaching candidate

The Bills’ coaching wish list includes Mike Shanahan and Bill Cowher. But what about Marty Schottenheimer?

Schottenheimer, who played linebacker for the Bills from 1965 to 1968, refuted recent reports that he could return to Buffalo as the team’s coach.

“I was a bit taken back,” Schottenheimer said Tuesday on Sirius NFL Radio’s The Red Zone. “My wife looked at me kinda like, ‘Hello?’ And I said, ‘I’m home!’ It’s flattering, but there’s nothing there.”

Schottenheimer last coached in the NFL in 2006, when he led the Chargers to a 14-2 regular-season record but was fired after the team lost its first playoff game. Schottenheimer has a 200-126-1 regular-season record in 21 years as a coach with the Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers, but he’s just 5-13 in playoff games.

At 66, Schottenheimer doesn’t sound too eager to coach again.

“I’ll be very candid with you and say it’s nice to think that people would consider you, but the reality of it is, is that after 30 great years, I’m really not going to go back down that road again,” he said.

The Bills are seeking a coach for the 2010 season after they fired Dick Jauron last week and gave the job to defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on an interim basis.

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