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


January 12th, 2012
11:08 pm

I could’nt agree with you more.Laghing Out Loud is the only stupid one on here. Not everyone have a crush on M.Ryan like he does.


January 12th, 2012
11:11 pm

D.O.L…what about Musgrave coming back? i know the vikes didnt have a great year but that wasnt the OC’s fault,,,,,he had a great connection with Ryan and all the players seemed to have alot of respect for him and his knowledge,,,lets face it,,,,he would have more job securtiy with the falcons than in minnesota bc if they dont do something this coming year,,,well,,,that coach will be getting the boot also. although Ryan threw for more yardage than ever,,,Ryan just didnt seem like he was comfortable back in the pocket and didnt seem to have the confidence he had before when Musky was the qb coach,,,whatcha think?

Greg M

January 12th, 2012
11:54 pm

Herm Edwards would be a nice hire.

Saints R.E.A.M.

January 13th, 2012
12:47 am

Oh I can’t wait until the “fans” long for the Mularkey days.

Falcons are scraping the bottom of the barrel for OC’s. Keeping Bob Bratkowski would have kept some continuity…..I heard on the radio that Mularkey will be taking coaches with him from the Falcons. Why would they want to leave to go to Jacksonville, I wondered???? Why would they go with a loser like Mularkey?? Uh, the writing is on the wall….Atlanta is not the place to be. Enjoy Schotty.

Mularkey, probably won’t say it….but I’m sure he was held back by Ryan’s lack of game & Smitty’s goofy decision making.

Saints R.E.A.M.

January 13th, 2012
12:57 am

Ryan is not a playmaker…..look at those lame QB sneaks. You Fans are funny. Now you should see that running Turner on 4th and 1 was a good call….but the decision to go for it against the Saints was LUNACY. The Goofy Mike Smith Decision was the problem – NOT THE PLAYCALL!!

QB sneaks, are not sure things if your QB is not a playmaker. TEAMS don’t practice QB sneaks! Not in pre-season camp, not during the weeks preparation….NEVER. Teams won’t risk losing their QB for the year because he hurt a hand or something during QB sneak practice. So when you see Drew Brees jump over the top..etc. It’s because the coaches know he’s a playmaker and can make it happen.

So the proper playcall from the Falcons….use a running back.

But Smitty told Pam Oliver at the half he would “Go For It” every 4th and short. What a bozo, to make a statement like that?

Falcons fans play favorites: Ryan & Smitty…….but they are catching on and will RISE UP and call for your head eventually!


January 13th, 2012
4:22 am

Billick is Smith’s brother-in-law that’s why he would be considered


January 13th, 2012
6:23 am

I think we should hire Tom Clements. Green Bay QB coach for Favre and Rodgers? We should give him a chance to run the whole offense.

just sayin'

January 13th, 2012
7:05 am

someone mentioned billick and how OFTEN he mentions coach clean shot is his bro-in-law….i have NEVER heard him say that on any game/commentary telecast…he praises atl and CCS but NEVER mentions his relationship…such a phoney….


January 14th, 2012
12:16 pm

I think they should hire me as DC or OC . I don’t know a heck of a lot about football but I could do as good a job as your coaching staff did this year. Good luck in 2012.