Brian Schottenheimer & Bill Callahan Out: What Moves Mean for the New York Jets

Chris Dela RosaContributor IJanuary 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer of the New York Jets gestures as he talks to quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 late in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 17-16. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Late on Tuesday night, ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen reported that New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer decided to part ways with his former team. 

Here is Mortensen's tweet:

"@mortreport: The Jets have announced OC Brian Schottenheimer has decided to part ways with the team. "

Following this tweet by Mortensen, the New York Daily News also reported that offensive line coach and assistant head coach Bill Callahan will be taking his talents to Dallas next season.

"A source confirmed that Callahan was taking over as the Cowboys; offensive line coach."

Schottenheimer joined the team as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2006 when Eric Mangini took over as head coach.

Over the last few years Schottenheimer has been taking a lot of heat from the media and fans after failing to produce successful offensive schemes with such great teams.

In 2008, he had future hall of famer Brett Favre playing quarterback, a great running back in Thomas Jones and a great offensive line led by Alan Faneca. Similar to 2011, that team collapsed after being contenders and missed the playoffs after losing their final game (a must-win) against the Miami Dolphins.

Since 2009, Schottenheimer was given great offenses that included quality receivers, a great backfield and unstoppable offensive line (with the exception of 2011).

Although Schottenheimer had weapon upon weapon over the years like Santonio Holmes, Thomas Jones, Plaxico Burress, LaDainian Tomlinson and more, his play-calling was very questionable. His most questionable play-calling came back in Week 16 of this season, when he had Mark Sanchez drop back 67 times.

The Jets had that game under control and were doing a solid job of running the football, gaining 4-5 yards a carry, then all of sudden, as they got close to mid-field, Schottenheimer started to call pass plays. On almost every drive, this switched backfired and the Jets were forced to punt.

It should come as no surprise as to why Schottenheimer has parted ways with the Jets; he simply could not succeed as an offensive play-caller, and those watching the organization were fed up with how poorly he did his job.

Meanwhile, offensive line coach Bill Callahan has been working as the Jets offensive line coach and assistant head coach sine 2008.  While he is not in the spotlight as much as Schottenheimer, he has been a great coach behind the scenes and has been a crucial piece in building the great offensive lines the Jets have had over the last few years.

For the New York Jets, this leaves a very big hole to fill in their coaching staff. A very likely result is going after former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano.  Even before Schottenheimer announced that he was not going to return Sparano was on the Jets short list of people to bring on for next season.

Sparano is an innovative coach who came up in the Parcells era and can bring a lot to what was a struggling New York Jets offense after not having the success he would have liked in Miami.  

All in all, this is great news for the New York Jets and their fans. At least for now, they will not have an offensive coordinator who is so bad that fans can predict what kind of plays he calls right before they are run by the offense.

Keep checking B/R in the coming days as I am sure the Jets continue to make headlines this week.