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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Laughing Out Loud

January 12th, 2012
4:20 pm

Opps missed another one opposing.

Isn't this your territory D-Led?

January 12th, 2012
4:35 pm

Does Theissman have some scoop over a Falcons beat reporter?

Isn't this your territory D-Led?

January 12th, 2012
4:38 pm

Is Marty Schott. coming with him?

lombardi

January 12th, 2012
4:43 pm

Adam S at ESPN just reported that Shotty’s interviewing w/ Milllarkey for OC post

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January 12th, 2012
4:43 pm

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Roger

January 12th, 2012
4:47 pm

Before anyone gets excited about Schottenheimer, read the last couple of days sports sections of the New York Post. He was run out of town, the Jets remained silent until the Jacksonville job was filled but when MM got that job, he “resigned”.

Brian is not the answer!

angry acworth man

January 12th, 2012
4:49 pm

Forget Schottenheimer!!
OC-Billick
DC-Del Rio

That way we already have Mike Smith’s replacement when he screws up again!!

gg

January 12th, 2012
4:58 pm

why does mike smith always look like he is on the verge of crying???

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

January 12th, 2012
5:05 pm

Mike Smith needs to spend a lot of time with his investment person because he will a great plan come December of 2012.

Opie

January 12th, 2012
5:08 pm

Laughing out loud, not every one is stupid because they don’t share your affection for Matt Ryan. Reality Check, the offensive line did not fumble and throw away the Arizona playoff game in 2008, Ryan did!! Fact, the offensive line did not throw away the Green Bay playoff game last year with two studip telegraphed interceptions, Ryan did!!

Hall of Famer John Madden considered ATL offensive line the second best unit last season. Ryan does not get a free pass!! Everyone makes excuses for this player. I’ll take Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco’s palyoff wins and advancements over ATL meaningless regular season success over sub 500 teams. How many games has Ryan won vs 500 or above teams in his career? Look it up!! The truth hurts. Parcels chose a left tackle over Ryan for a reason in 2008. He read the scouting report on Ryan, weak arm, inaccurate throwing motion and turnover machine. Has reached his full potentnial. Is Ryan a good quaterback? Yes, but he has limitations that our fans must accept, he is too thin, he need to develop his upper body and throwing strength. He needs a West Coast Offense to utilize his best assets which are quick release and decision making. Hell, Joe Montana had a weak arm but the WCO scheme fit his abilities.

Regular season wins are not the standard true champions are measured by. This is a results oriented business. Do not tell me Smith is great based on our past history and his regular season record. Dan Reeves Superbowl appearance, Jim Moron NFC Chamionship Game are better, how is that possible? Their teams advanced in the playoffs bottom line.

Jim Irsay fired Bill Polian, a man who took Buffalo Bills to 4 straigh superbowls, Carolina Panthers to a NFC Championship game, Colts to 2 Superbowls and 8 straight 10 win seasons. Many people think Irsay is crazy, he is a genius, Polian did not plan for Peyton Manning injury and the team was awful, he is the vice Chairman and he did not perform his job responsibilities and he was fired!! Just like the rest of us Americans who underperform and are accountgable for our actions!! We live in a results society. I don’t accept excuses for Mike Smith, who basically threww Mularkey and Van Gorder under the bus or Matt Ryan.

During the loss Sunday he was seen o video isolated from the team like a coward! Is that what a LEADER does when things are not going according to plan? I would not want a CAPTAIN like him representing my organiztion. He lacks fire and leadership aggressiveness! He should slap the hell out of Roddy White everytime he drops a pass. Do you think Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Drew Brees, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana,Brett Favre accept this type of crap from a receiver?

Matt Ryan biggest problem is that he did not earn his position on the team. He was given the job because of his draft status #3 pick and salary 72 million. He is fragile, he has no competition on the roster to challenge him or light a fire under his ass!! Chris Redman and the Bum from Alabama, get a clue, neither one of those chumps deserve to be on an NFL Roster. Dimitroff and Mike Smith set it up that way and are doing the fans a disservice by not providing true competition at every position on this team, including quarterback!!!

gg

January 12th, 2012
5:08 pm

i am a proponent of the ground game but for goodness sake, use some imagination. The Falcons have two running plays one is a run up the middle and the other one is that stupid stretch play that will never yield gains with a slow power runner like Turner. I mean, try some draws with a quicker back and a spread out formation or something. No imagination whatsoever with this staff.

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
5:27 pm

@Early Cuyler Ummmm…I dont think Ryan’s lack of melanin has to do with it. There are plenty european Qbs who are just plain better. Niether of you know Schottenhiemer. He may be and he may not but thats niether here nor there. When will folks realize “race” was a set up to divide people while those is power devour natural resources and control the minds of the collective. ANYway. Back to football….Ryan IS highly overrated. Why? B/c he was crowned way too soon before he did anything. NOT bc of his skin. Is Brady, both Mannings, Rodgers, or Brees overrated. NOPE. Why? Because they have what it takes to get it done on a CONSISTENT basis. Hopefully with a real O-Line our QB, yes OUR QB (whether we like it or not Ryan is here to stay) can achieve such a status

Opie Taylor

January 12th, 2012
5:37 pm

Sir Real, well stated. He is our quarterback, and I wish him well because I was a Falcon during all of the lousy years, Van Brocklin, Marion Campbell (twice), Pat Peppler, Dan Henning, just to name a few…I want him to step up a lead this team without all out the coach speak BS and get in his team mates face and demand perfection!!!

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
5:49 pm

@opie Thanks my friend. I agree. Just time for him to be that leader instead of being so timid. He is the leader of the offense and hopefully they tell him this offseason he needs to get more aggressive with his teammates and work habits.All the film study is great but he needs to balance it with the weight room. He’s kinda like Smitty. Seems like they wanna try to please everyone but you just cant. Thats life. He’ll be in his 5th year next season. We’ll know what we have by then.

AfterTheFall

January 12th, 2012
5:57 pm

slomo

January 12th, 2012
6:17 pm

mike bobo for oc glanvile for dc.

Foul-can

January 12th, 2012
6:18 pm

OPIE THANKSSS!!!!

Foul-can

January 12th, 2012
6:19 pm

Will these idiotic Bulldog fans stop pressing for Bobo….what the hell has he done…give it up please

Foul-can

January 12th, 2012
6:21 pm

Matt Ryan is not Manning!!! stop comparing…. i am sorry….. Manning always had an arm…

Whopper Dawg

January 12th, 2012
6:22 pm

Ryan has plenty of arm. His problem is accuracy. Pretty bad, and it is all throws. Look at the better QBs and the difference is alarming. If his receivers cover a lot of sin for Ryan.

Couple that with a bad OLine, not a good combination.

The Ds have his Peyton imitation figured out too. They fake a certain D, Ryan checks, and then they get out into another D. Fake a blitz, Ryan audibles, get out of the blitz. Ryan has wrong play called. Pretty funny to watch.

Tell it like it is

January 12th, 2012
6:22 pm

It doesn’t matter whom the Falcons hire as coordinators (offense or defense) they are going to get out of here in a hurry cause they are gonna be blamed for all the falcons faults. The falcons have drafted poorly examples: (Kerry Meier, Peria Jerry) made poor aquisitions like Dunta Robinson. Ray Edwards and many more. The falcons never hold the players accountable, others teams CUT YOU when the performance levels aren’t up to par. The falcons just pay you week after week!! Remember Ryan only had 11 completions of more than 20yds in the air, maybe Mularkey has the same sentiment about Matt Ryan as Schottenheimer has about Sanchez, (same skill set), weak arm, actually Sanchez may be a little more agile/mobile. If Schottenheimer does get the job he will be saying the same things in a few years after he leaves, only difference: the Dud will be named Ryan instead of Sanchez!!

Great Falconi

January 12th, 2012
6:32 pm

Whopper Dawg,

Look at how pedestrian Mularkey’s playbook was. Ryan put together a very strong season in spite of it. I’m a Dawg fan. Bobo does the same kind of garbage in Athens. Murray had a damn good year for us, but I think both teams are too damn predictable and, as a result, are beaten by better and trickier teams.

Columbus

January 12th, 2012
6:33 pm

If ATL does not fix the trenches, it wont make a big difference who coaches unless they are good coaching without good blocking and good pass rushing. Saints and GB coordinators(LOL)like they are going to leave to come to Atlanta or anywhere else in the same position!. Position coaches maybe but not coordinators. Haley is interesting. I do not know but I expect a good hire. Jackson might not be long before he is a head coach you know? But back to the lines, better get them fixed immediately or get a running QB and a blitz master DC.

taudawg

January 12th, 2012
6:35 pm

Go for Sprags. That would be a good DC hire.

Durt E Byrd

January 12th, 2012
6:35 pm

Let’s face it, Smith is going to have to go before our Offense can be opened up. The real irony of Smith’s statement is that his ideal offense IS one dimensional: 3 yards and a cloud of dust with the rare pass.

New England has had much success with attacking what the defense is weak on not just lining up and saying “stop my running game – I dare ya”.

If Smith is unable to let someone who knows what they’re doing handle the offense, great; otherwise the bozo will have to go.

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waynester

January 12th, 2012
6:48 pm

opie
Madden correctly ranked us #2 last year–LAST YEAR. Despite the major step back THIS year on the OL unit, Ryan still had a franchise-record setting year, winding up ranked # 8 in the league. He “earned” his place on the team by his performance on the field at the collegiate level thus “earning” his high draft position. Turnover machine? Dalton, Stafford, Rothlisberger, Brees, Manning–all threw more picks than Ryan. The reason Smitty still has a job has nothing to do with the franchise’s past, but on his own 4 year performance, which includes winning HCOY awards TWICE. I could easily make the same argument that the OL (and in particular the now-beloved Harvey Dahl) cost us the AZ game, getting blown up, causing a fumble for a TD that was much more damaging at the point in the game where it occurred. I hope it’s true that( as you and SirReal opined), race has nothing to do with much of the vehemence directed toward this young man, but it appears to matter more than anything to some of our “fans”….

angry mangy mutt

January 12th, 2012
7:22 pm

Instead of us blaming a coach or player, how about more finger pointing towards TD? Drafting too many injury prone players, wasting picks for one such player ( yea I know he was HOPING for AJ which further proves the point), and questionable job at best in working FA. Too many players on both sides of the ball that do not fit what the coaching staff seems to want to do. Offense is suppose to be hard-nosed…instead he is going for explosive. Defense needs more speed to cover ground quickly, he chooses to go after a more physical and more of a plodding player rather than a play maker. I like Lofton, but a great zone based D has an explosive man in the middle – Brooks, Urlacher. We need a Vilma or a Von Miller in there. Why not reach a bit for a potential shutdown cb or a nasty de…nope, we will instead trade away a ton of picks for one guy who is an athletic freak, but who in college dropped too many balls and was often injured. (Un)Fortunately, as a Falcon fan I have learned not to get my expectations up too high. Four consecutive winning seasons, three trips to players in those seasons, sadly I know it could be worse.

Dennis

January 12th, 2012
7:23 pm

“Schottenheimer, 38, was under fire for a floundering offense that ranked 25th overall”

Not such a ringing endorsement.

fan

January 12th, 2012
7:25 pm

Falcons might be going to get OC and DC from same family. Son for OC and Dad,( Marty) for defense.I don’t know if offense would be better.But the defense would be improved.

Falcon fan

January 12th, 2012
7:31 pm

Bobo can even cut college football. He needs to be fired at UGA. He is bad.

AfterTheFall

January 12th, 2012
7:42 pm

I have a newfound respect for Arthur Blank after watching the presser yesterday. I like the way he interjected TD’s remark regarding “sacred cows” with “sacrificial cows”. If my reading between the lines are halfway correct, then Arthur’s statement would seem to suggest that no one is exempt from being axed, including Matt Ryan. Matt Ryan IMHO would be the sacred cow and the sacrificial cow. Now I also know that after that was said, hmm, I’m thinking, does he mean Mike Smith, as well? Does anyone think that Mike and Ryan are on a short leach? I would dare to say, yea. IMHO, the future offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator will be here after the current coach stays or leaves. IMHO, the pressure is on TD, not so much- Mike Smith-he is who he is. I wonder how much influence Rich Mckay has with regard to the hiring of the OC and DC. The candidates will probably be interviewed by the two of them-Rich Mckay and TD, having the final say.

cmc

January 12th, 2012
7:54 pm

i think Brian Billick’s experience and knowledge of how to create a winner would be a great combination…we certainly need a OC who knows how to handle Ryan and use our weapons…but we need that intangible of a winner Billick would bring ….just a thought..Spagnola great choice for the defense and if the Eagles are courting him that means we need to yank him up ….if Schottelheimer has not fixed Sanchez yet why bring him to Atlanta to fix Ryan probably wont happen..dont necessarily agree with Theismann that Sanchez dont know the game as Ryan does….but at this point anyone we hire will be better than the previous occupant of this job.

jbnimble

January 12th, 2012
7:59 pm

Get the Spagster. & please no more QB sneaks without an OL. How can you be stopped for less than a couple of feet? So disappointing. Roddy, wet those gloves. Julio will be phenomenal next year.

Dairy Bonds

January 12th, 2012
8:01 pm

Matt Ryan needs to stop being a girly man every time the pocket breaks down.

Hobbler

January 12th, 2012
8:26 pm

Just on nfl that Chris Redman was draft selected #75 and Tom Brady was selected #199. Think TD could make an even trade with Patriots? Heck, throw in JPW too. :)

techduck

January 12th, 2012
9:06 pm

Why doesn”t anyone speak of harry douglas (83) he”s the one we need more then roddy white.Though we need white also.But all i hear is rod here rod there from all the fans.Mr douglas is a much more harder worker than most players are on any NFL team.

Jock IS Smelley, I

January 12th, 2012
9:11 pm

what is this, a GD IQ test??? I don’t give a crap if Matty Ice is cerebral or not…..he wont get us to the promised land…..

Great Falconi

January 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

AdamSchefter Adam Schefter
Jacksonville plans to hire former Falcons QB coach Bob Bratkowski as its offensive coordinator, reuniting him with HC Mike Mularkey.

Just saw that on Twitter. Looks like we’ll be going outside of the organization for that OC hire.

gucci706

January 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

da best candiate was josh who is bc with the patriots in my opinion

gucci706

January 12th, 2012
9:20 pm

@ techduck u r so right about douglas he really could be explosive in the right hands of a OC i would hate to see another team get him

real football fan

January 12th, 2012
9:27 pm

think we need Hue Jckson and Mike Singletery

More of the same

January 12th, 2012
9:35 pm

shottenheimer = mularkey, part 2

gucci706

January 12th, 2012
9:38 pm

i think hue would be go too

gucci706

January 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

good that is

Blank's Brain

January 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

Chris Scelfo is the man for the job

brazilia120

January 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

Have to think the Bobo talk is so much chain-yanking. He’s terrible at UGA, he’d be terrible in Atlanta. How about June Jones for OC?

Hobbler

January 12th, 2012
10:00 pm

We are a playoff caliber team. We ain’t broke, just need some tweaking. Brian Billick OC. Jack or Singletary or Rahim DC. Line upgrades and strength upgrades. Ryan personal trainer to get arm strength for long pass upgrades and muscle weight gain. Turner loose 20 lbs. New audible plays instead of “Chevy” or “Mercedes” which all the other Ds know what’s coming. Case of Stickem to put on Roddy and Julio hands. Somebody else to kick off farther than line drive 10 yd line. Weems to run up and catch the ball on short punts instead of letting it bounce. That’s about it other than subpar play from DeCoud, Owens and Edwards are killing us from stopping 3rd down conversions.

Hobbler

January 12th, 2012
10:17 pm

Shottenheimer = Mularky = Bobo = 2 runs up the middle, 1 short pass and punt = lose the big games

Luke

January 12th, 2012
10:18 pm

I actually thought Bob Bratkowski would have been an upgrade over MM…. That said… I would hope that Atlanta goes after Brian Billick, Hue Jackson or Mike Sherman…I might be able to live with Mike Martz, but he does not use a TE and we have T. Gonzalez for another year..

However I fear we will end up with a reject like Todd Haley, Brian Schottenheimer, Greg Knapp, or Tom Cable…