According to Rich Cimini and ESPN NY
After reaching the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year, the New York Jetsquietly extended the contract of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer last offseason, ESPNNewYork.com has learned.
The embattled Schottenheimer is under contract through at least the 2012 season, meaning any decision on his future will involve financial considerations. Typically, the Jets try to avoid lame-duck situations with their coordinators and assistant coaches.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure that this was not a well-known fact before Cimini broke this story earlier today. While the Jets may have been trying to avoid a lame duck situation by giving the offensive coordinator who had a hand in back to back AFC Championship berths a new contract with a year left on his deal, they know have a major issue on their hands.
Whereas if they didn’t offer him a contract they wouldn’t have to go through the process of firing him, and he could just be replaced, the new contract means that the Jets will probably take a financial hit if they decide to go in another direction. This is not good news for the legions of Fire Shotty fans; since it shows that just last year the Jets had enough confidence in Schottenheimer to offer him a new contract, and I question whether the Jets think one horrific season justifies the expense of getting rid of him. Rex and even Tannenbaum to some extend seem to have perennial confidence in all aspects of this team, and seeing how Schottenheimer’s deal lasts through next year I wonder if they will give him one last chance next year to play out his contract and see if he can redeem himself: A scary proposition to any Jets fan.