In the past one would never hear from the coordinators, leaving the Head Coach to be the voice of the team. Well, not under Rex Ryan’s regime.
Thursday, New York Jets Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer spoke out, defending his performance this season.
“I know I’m a damn good football coach. I’m good at what I do,” Schottenheimer said. “We’ve had a lot of success here. Are we pleased? Absolutely not. Am I disappointed? Absolutely. All I can say is that I’m going to do the best job that I can. I’m going to bust my ass. And that’s the message we’ll hold on to.”
As for the fans calling for his job, “It’s always harder on the families. I always worry about my wife, my kids,” he said. “[But] it comes with the territory.”
“This is a business of high highs and low lows. When we were 9-2, a lot of people were patting us on the back,” Schottenheimer said. “People were telling us how great we were. … It doesn’t take very long to go from one extreme to the other. That’s why you have to take the good with the bad. You’ve got to keep working, be the same person week in and week out. But it’s been a tough week.”
At least Schotty has the team behind him.
“Earlier in the year, when we were putting up 30 points a game, everybody’s like, ‘Schotty’s calling great plays,’ and you heard that talk,” RB LaDainian Tomlinson said. “Now when we haven’t scored a touchdown the last couple of games, it’s Schotty’s fault. It isn’t Schotty’s fault. It’s our fault. We need to play better. We need to make more things happen when we get the ball in our hands.”