Theismann links Schottenheimer to Falcons on 680TheFan

Brian Schottenhiemer was the offensive coordinator the past six seasons for the New York Jets. By Kathy Willens, AP

Brian Schottenhiemer was the offensive coordinator the past six seasons for the New York Jets. By Kathy Willens, AP

Could Brian Schottenheimer, formerly of the New York Jets, be the Falcons new offensive coordinator?

NFL Network’s Joe Theismann, who knows Schottenheimer from his days coaching with the Washington Redskins, linked him to the Falcons in a radio interview this morning on 680TheFan’s morning show, the Rude Awakening with Chris Rude, Sandra Golden and Perry Laurentino.

Here’s part of the interview:

“[Brian] felt like he was saddled and limited by what Mark Sanchez can do in New York,” Theisman said. “Mark is really not that good. He’s a hard-working kid. He wants to be good. But he doesn’t understand the game of football the way Matt does.

“You have to play the position with the knowledge of where you are on the field, what the score is in the game. What [you] can do. What [you] can’t do. What are the things that are required of me. Really, the only route that Mark throws effectively is the quick post. He’s going to have a whole lot more to work with, with Matt Ryan.”

They asked him to clarify his comments.

“I’ve [unaudible] Brian was going to be the offensive coordinator.”

The Falcons have stated that they would do their search privately, but we have a call into them to see if they’ll comment on Schottenheimer. (Expecting a no comment).

We have calls into the Theismann to see if he will expound on his knowledge of the Atlanta search.

Either way, I’m going to revise my working list of candidates to replace Mike Mularkey. Smith said he wants a balanced attack and doesn’t believe you can be one-dimensional.
1. Dirk Koetter
2. Brian Schottenheimer
3. Terry Robiskie
4. Hue Jackson
5. Brian Billick

*Removed: Mike Martz, the architect of the “World’s Greatest Show of Turf.” He’s chillaxing at his home in San Diego. If his phone rings, he’d answer it. Word is that he’d be interested in talking about the post.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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259 comments Add your comment

ROD

January 12th, 2012
10:46 am

NO, NO, NO,this will be a huge mistake. Don’t everyone see what happen to the JETS. NO, NO, NO

Knowledge

January 12th, 2012
10:46 am

Hey DLed, why haven’t i heard Tom Clements name come up in the coaching search

Truth Teller

January 12th, 2012
10:47 am

Hue Jackson had the Raiders in the Top 5 in offense in his first year. Plenty of success, balanced attack yet aggressive.

Jackson + Spagnuolo = Super Bowl. That’s your ticket, Artie.

JeromeMJ

January 12th, 2012
10:52 am

Now who will replace Smith?

Triple Lindy

January 12th, 2012
10:55 am

Mark Sanchise is a coach killer.

Treeofwoe

January 12th, 2012
10:56 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don’t forget Brad Childress is still out there as well. I’d take Brad in a heartbeat over Schottenheimer, Bratkowski, or Hue Jackson.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 12th, 2012
10:56 am

Knowledge - Coach Clements loves Green Bay. He’s been approached several times, but stays there. He’s awesome.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 12th, 2012
10:59 am

D’ville Phil — Your list is plastic bag garbage!! I’m not just throwing names out there. Haley’s a jerk. Clements won’t leave Green Bay and Carmichael is not make a lateral move. They are not necessarly looking for for a pass the ball guy. Smitty is a Pound and Ground coach. I know the fans want a pass guy, put from the early indications, Smitty is going to do it his way.

Falcon Freddy

January 12th, 2012
11:00 am

If you guys saw the Press conference I saw there is no way in hell the falcons are going to promote anybody from within. Author made it quite clear we need a different perspective on the OC and DC to help us move forward. Basically he was saying mike smith this happened on your watch with you being 4 years into you program. You are responsible and we are going to bring two new people that can help you save your a$$. If they help you you live to see another year if they don’t then you & thomas are in deep doo doo,

Freddy Falcon

Truth Teller

January 12th, 2012
11:00 am

Yeahsure, no one should want a guy like Hue Jackson who ALWAYS has his offenses ranked near the top of the league. SMH Stop listening to ESPN.

JD

January 12th, 2012
11:01 am

During the rest of the interview Joe Theismann mentioned that Brian Schottenheimer had probably gotten as far as he could with Mark Sanchez. He said that while Sanchez is a good quarterback the only thing that he does well is throw the quick post route. The Jets couldn’t run the ball, for whatever their reasons, and Theismann also questioned (as well as Jerry Ellinger, who is a rabid Jets fan and part-time host for 680s shows) why you would put Sanchez in situations where he had to throw the ball and be accurate when his accuracy is suspect. So Schottenheimer to Atlanta would actually be a decent move. I like the thought of Brian Billick, a guy with a proven track record. I think he’s a great x’s and o’s guy and I love hearing him call a game. But you’ve gotta think that a guy like him, and his relationship with Mike Smith (they’re in-laws) could play favorably for him, too.

The Falconator

January 12th, 2012
11:03 am

Who the Falcons hire for OC makes little difference until Dimitroff gets a clue as to how to go about assembling an O-line that doesn’t consistently get shoved back into Ryan’s face, can open a tiny hole on 4th and 1 and can give the QB more than the blink of an eye to to scan the situation and, regardless of distance, throw any kind of downfield ball.

jonk facons fan

January 12th, 2012
11:04 am

Shottheimer is good fit for Falcons yeah.

Falcon Freddy

January 12th, 2012
11:04 am

I vote for Hue first and Bellilck second. Dled have you heard about some guy from UCLA can’t remember his name shouldn’t he be on the list??

FF

Truth Teller

January 12th, 2012
11:05 am

How the hell can you be a pound and ground guy with no runningbacks? YOU HAVE JULIO JONES RODDY WHITE AND TONY GONZALEZ! Oh by the way, your QB made the Pro Bowl last year! Your RB is 30 years old and FINISHED.

Why stick with something that hasn’t netted you ANY playoff wins?! Your ground game gets exposed EVERY big game. PASSING team are the ones raising the trophies, step into the 21st century. What a joke. If this bunch pulls this crap, KISS THE FAN SUPPORT GOODBYE and say hell to missing the playoffs next season.

Hugo

January 12th, 2012
11:05 am

My vote is for Hue Jackson , period.

Falcon Freddy

January 12th, 2012
11:07 am

Rick Neuheise or Norm Chow how about either of them???

FF

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:08 am

D Led,
I like your list. I actually think he could be good down here with Ryan. No one can work with Sanchez. He’s garbage as a pro QB. Ryan is light years away from him.LOL I think working for a blowhard like Rex Ryan didnt help either.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 12th, 2012
11:08 am

Hire Jerry Glanville

Astro Joe

January 12th, 2012
11:09 am

What about the current QB coach (Bradkowski)? Didn’t he haqve a fairly balanced attack when the Bengals featured a healthy Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Johnson and TJ Housch…?

And please, get rid of Tim Lewis (secondary coach). I’m tired of hearing the phrase “blown coverage” during every Falcons broadcast.

Brian Billick

January 12th, 2012
11:12 am

Yes I will give up my office job. I want to coach if someone calls me….

Big Crimson 75

January 12th, 2012
11:13 am

Todd Haley is the top choice. He may be too much of a “wildcard” for Smitty, but at this point in the maturation of Coach Smith, he has no choice. Billick will not come back to be his bro-in-laws OC. Schottenheimer & Dirk reak of Mularky.
Spags is without a doubt the first choice for defense. Why hasnt this been done already is the question.

Big Crimson 75

January 12th, 2012
11:14 am

Sleeper OC — Jeff Jagazinski — Matty Ice’s Coach at BC

Brian Friel

January 12th, 2012
11:14 am

The Falcons need to sign this guy in free agency: Carl Nicks, Guard from New Orleans

Al Davis

January 12th, 2012
11:16 am

Just win baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marion Campbell

January 12th, 2012
11:18 am

third times a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!

andy

January 12th, 2012
11:19 am

what about Bobo? he is an outstanding off coord! really knows how to make an off dynamic and unpredictable. mixes in both the run and pass so seamlessly it is like art work! When you add in his play calling in the red zone…holly cow!!!

PMC

January 12th, 2012
11:19 am

other than guys that have relationships to the current regime, none of us really know much of anything.

PMC

January 12th, 2012
11:20 am

Norm Chow just took the head coaching job in Hawaii.

Noneya

January 12th, 2012
11:23 am

RiffRaff

January 12th, 2012
11:26 am

I’d like to see Brian Billick. Smart guy. Knows what he’s talking about. Seems he could make use of what personel the Falcons currently have on offense.

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SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:30 am

@andy Forget it. No one is bringing or even THINKING of bringing in a guy like Mike Bobo.lol Smith knows he’s under a scope so he’s gonna make sure he brings in someone who can help him keep his job.lol Bobo isnt even that great for UGA, let alone the Falcons.lol

fred

January 12th, 2012
11:41 am

A year ago Jaquars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was a head coach candidate . He drew interest from the St Louis Rams to be their offensive coordinator, but the Jaguars kept him from interviewing.The NFL requires teams to allow assistants to interview for head coaching jobs, but not others. Report has surfaced Saturday that Koetter is a candidate to be Jet’s coordinator if Schottenheimer leaves the team.
Times Union Jacksonville….

Dan Henning

January 12th, 2012
11:43 am

I’m available. Anyone interested in running the H-back formation?

andy

January 12th, 2012
11:44 am

@SirReal got to get him out of ga somehow so I figure he needs to be talked up for every job opening worldwide.

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:48 am

@Andy LOL LOL LOL I know you guys want him outta there pretty badly and justifiably so.

kcfalcon

January 12th, 2012
11:48 am

This is a very important hire. Both coordinators positions are. Very critical in the development of this football team going forward.

That said, I’ve thought all along that MS will bring in an OC that fits his “conservative” style. Schottenheimer would be that. So would Childress.

I believe that new plays need to be developed, and that is just as important as play calling. The Falcons plays on the field are way too predictable and stale. Look at the Saints pass routes and recall how much space those guys seem to have when they catch the ball. Falcons need new plays to stretch the field.

Schottenheimer would fit with Ryan well, but I do agree with the assessment that Jets fans were as worn down with Brian (more of a product of Sanchez’ play) as Falcons fans were with MM. Maybe both just need a change of location.

bdav kennesaw

January 12th, 2012
11:49 am

DOL- what’s your opinion on a guy like Raheem Morris? What are our chances of landing him? My opinion he is a great motivator and can develop young guys into quality players. That mixed with a great mind like Mike Smith could lead to a very dangerous defense. He has a knack for developing a secondary. You mix that with our linebackers, then the back 7 start looking very intimidating. Thoughts?

fred

January 12th, 2012
11:49 am

DOL..Ernest Byner is also a damn good coach..wish Falcons would add him to their staff. check in our Big D.
I agree 100% with your list.

fred

January 12th, 2012
11:50 am

damn..check him out..getting old.

Dawg A

January 12th, 2012
11:53 am

Brian S. would be the same as we just had here! Go for someone like Hue Jackson that can open things up a little for the offense. And Coach Smith needs to realize that what we have been doing has and will only work to a certain level. If he remains stubborn and refuses to use the talent he has to open up the offense then he will be the next ex head coach looking for a new job!

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:53 am

@bdav Morris just went to the Skins….

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 12th, 2012
11:54 am

I think Mularkey, when interviewed by Jacksonsville, gave them the same story. “I was limited by my quarterback”. Let’s get a OC that is not limited by anything. Billlick won with Dilfer, he can win with anything.

truthbtold

January 12th, 2012
11:56 am

@ najeh davenpoop – There is one important difference between Sanchez and Ryan that you overlooked. Matt Ryan has not won a playoff game. Sanchez has won 4 playoff games by taking his team to the conference championship twice. They have the same expectations with the same experience level, but one has taken his team further.

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 12th, 2012
11:58 am

fred, you are a day or two behind. Shott is gone from NY Jets and been replaced already by Tony S.

PMC

January 12th, 2012
11:58 am

Ok, if he wants to be ground and pound, then they are going to have to invest a lot more in the back end of the defense.

Ground and pound and ball control teams are NOT suited to come from behind, at all. Maybe this year will finally reveal to Smitty that they need to open it up to score more points.

Fan

January 12th, 2012
11:59 am

truthbtold…. You are crazy …. Matt Ryan has been teaching and training his self in the NFL. How can you think he can get anything done without a OC or a OL. Look at the tape and review the games MAN it was Ryan that we won what we did. Mike Smith was threw under the bus and the players by MM & BVG. Be real and Stop blaming Ryan for trying too focus a sinking ship on Offense. Ryan did all he could with that RAG TAG OC in Ga so when the playoff came he just needed help from the OC & DC. COMMMM ON MAN

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:59 am

@truthbtold Come on now. In all fairness, Sanchez had a MUCH better D (a la Joe Flacco) and wasnt asked to do nearly as much as Ryan. Im not the biggest Ryan fan but he is DEFINITELY a MUCH better qb than Sanchez who is GARBAGE at the pro level. Ours is approacing top ten….Sanchez is approaching bottom ten.

jerseyfalcon

January 12th, 2012
12:03 pm

Brian Billick would be a good fit…for any other team, simply because Brian and Mike Smith are brother -in-laws…that might be a bit too close to home for both of them. As far as the guy from Jax ( i cant even recall his anme w/ out scrolling up) I’ve never heard of him and since the Jags were TERRIBLE on offense why is he even on the list? I can’t even go into the Shotty theory here because since i live 10 mins from the Jets he’s not a good coach..just has the shadow of his father.