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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The chants from frustrated fans were loud and clear as the New York Jets‘ struggling offense stalled over and over again.
“Schotty Must Go!”
No touchdowns, no mercy.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer heard the calls for his job. And they continued after New York’s 10-6 loss to Miami last Sunday as coach Rex Ryan stepped to the podium for his postgame news conference.
“It’s not the first time I’ve ever heard it,” Schottenheimer said Thursday. “I don’t have time to worry about it.”
He’s too busy trying to draw up a plan this week for New York’s game at Pittsburgh (10-3) against a defense that’s as stingy as they come. After all, the Jets (9-4) have gone nearly 2 1/2 games without scoring a touchdown on offense.
“Hard, difficult,” Schottenheimer said of the last few days. “You do a lot of hours at the office, a lot of hours on the film machine.”
“We were frustrated because we only scored six points,” he said. “That’s unacceptable. But to give them their 10 points basically off of turnovers is what we’re really disgusted about.”
Schottenheimer has been hailed as one of the NFL’s brightest young offensive coordinators and his name has been mentioned for a handful of head coaching opportunities during the last few years. But, his reputation has taken a hit lately.
“I’m in charge of the offense and with that, I take a lot of pride in that,” Schottenheimer said. “I take a lot of pride in my job, I take a lot of pride in our unit, and we’re not playing very well.”
Coach Rex Ryan has publicly maintained his support of Schottenheimer, but realizes things need to get better. He was particularly bothered when Schottenheimer called for Mark Sanchez to spike the ball against the Dolphins with over a minute left after the Jets appeared to gain momentum on a possible winning drive.
“I think it hasn’t been our day lately and I give the opponents credit as well,” Ryan said. “That doesn’t mean I’ve lost confidence in the staff. It’s a great staff.”
Schottenheimer also has the full support of his players, who know there’s plenty of blame to pass around.
“The coach can’t get out there and play,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. “He calls the plays and it’s up to us to go out there and execute it.”
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