Given the promotion of his close friend Buddy Nix to general manager in Buffalo today, there have been some rumblings that perhaps retired former head coach Marty Schottenheimer might be coming back with the Bills.
Schottenheimer has said repeatedly that he has no desire to return to coaching, but I spoke with him briefly this afternoon to ask specifically about his ties to Nix and the Bills’ coaching job in particular. Schottenheimer said no way.
“I don’t see any way I’ll be back in coaching,” he said during a brief telephone interview this afternoon. “I’ve got a full plate as it is right now. My frequent flier miles are as high as they’ve ever been.”
Schottenheimer, one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, said the desire to return to the sidelines is not there. “We spent a good 30 years at it,” he said, “but now we’re enjoying the spoils of that.”
Given the family ties between Schottenheimer and Nix — who worked together in San Diego — some believe Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer could be in the mix for Buffalo’s job, which is held by interim coach Perry Fewell entering Week 17 after Dick Jauron was fired earlier in the season. As I reported earlier this week, the Bills are essentially re-starting their coaching search after being unable to land a top candidate like Mike Shanahan or Jon Gruden.
That search could take several weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the process, and will include a thorough interviewing of several prospects, particularly once the season ends and candidates already on NFL teams become eligible to interview.