The Jets plot thickened over night last night as everyone teams first choice for filling a head coaching vacancy, Bill Cowher, took himself out of the running. The rumor is that Cowher wanted to bring in his own personnel guy. Despite general manager Mike Tannenbaum saying he would be willing to redefine his job to get Cowher in the house it would still make for a very uncomfortable situation.
Another interesting development is the sudden availability of Mike Shanahan. Shanahan was fired as the Denver Broncos head coach after 14 seasons. The firing comes after a disappointing season in which the team finished 8-8 but out of the playoffs for the third straight year. Shanahan immediately becomes the front runner for every open head coaching job in the NFL including the Jets.
Another name in the mix is Marty Schottenheimer. Schottenheimer is another very successful coach who is available. He’s got a 200-126 career record but has never gotten a team to the Super Bowl. If he gets the job it would be interesting to see if he retains offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who happens to be his son.