Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger writes that "Schottenheimer is expected to remain with" the Jets, after he met with head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson. It was speculated (good enough word) by the Baltimore Sun that Marvin Lewis was inquiring about Hue Jackson, who was considered a candidate as the Jets offensive coordinator if Schottenheimer left because of his and Ryan's connection at Baltimore. It was also speculated that Bengals quarterback coach Ken Zampese could be Rex Ryan's Plan B. No interview took place, and it turned out that Zampese simply had his name dropped.
However, a new team with interest emerged. Sometime next week, Zampese will meet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the open offensive coordinator spot. The Pewter Report writes: "New Bucs head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik have been coy in their coaching search, but PewterReport.com has learned Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese is scheduled to interview for Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator job early next week."
If there's any truth (we doubt it) to the Baltimore Sun's report that Lewis was interested in bringing Jackson back as the team's offensive coordinator, having Schottenheimer remain in New York, helps that cause. However, a unique chance for Zampese has arrived with a team looking to overhaul from the head coach down. If Zampese leads an offense that turns out pretty good, he'll be credited greatly, adding chips to a possible head coaching resume.
In the end, it seems more likely to us that we don't go after Jackson and they could lose Zampese in the process.