Week 17 of the NFL season always brings with it a flurry of rumors regarding current head coaches, potential head coaches and other league executives.
Ian Rapoport shared on Sunday morning that the Lions may pursue Seahawks GM John Schneider. Now, Tom Pelissero has added that the Jets are likely to interview Brian Schottenheimer to be their next head coach. The team is expected to part ways with Adam Gase following the team's season finale against the Patriots.
Schottenheimer has now been linked to two head coaching vacancies with the Houston Texans being the other.
The Seahawks have had a top-10 scoring offense in each of Schottenheimer's three seasons as offensive coordinator. Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson have each given him their endorsement in regard to his candidacy as a head coach.
“I think he's an incredible candidate,” Carroll said in December. “I think he's exactly what owners are looking for."
The Jets organization is already familiar with Schottenheimer as he spent six seasons in New York from 2006-11 as offensive coordinator.
There will be no shortage of promising candidates in this hiring cycle, but Schottenheimer is unique in that he'd break the mold of young, up-and-comers that have been heavily targeted in recent seasons.