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Schottenheimer package deal appears unlikely for Bucs



The strange coincidence of Marty Schottenheimer interviewing for the Bucs' head coaching post on the same day his son's resignation as Jets offensive coordinator became public was just too strange to ignore.

But there are two problems with making any assumptions about Tuesday's independent events.

Start with the obvious: Marty Schottenheimer doesn't yet know whether he's getting the Bucs job. The Bucs continue to emphasize there is not a front runner among the candidates they've already interviewed or plan to interview in the coming days. It appears more likely that Schottenheimer's decision was part of a shakeup of the Jets' offensive staff that reportedly includes the departure of offensive line coach Bill Callahan and receivers coach Henry Ellard.

Another reason Brian Schottenheimer's decision seems unrelated to his father's job prospects: Brian already is pursuing other opportunities. The Birmingham News reported today that he is interviewing with Alabama coach Nick Saban for the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator position. Also, ESPN insider Adam Schefter stated this morning that Brian Schottenheimer is unlikely to join his father's potential Tampa Bay staff because he prefers to pursue his own opportunities.

So, while it might be convenient to assume that one of Tuesday's events is related to the other, there's been nothing to suggest that at this point. If Marty Schottenheimer gets the Tampa Bay job -- and we do not know that he will -- don't look for his son to do the same.

[Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 1:47pm]


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