The Bills have asked the Jets for permission to interview Schottenheimer, a source told The Associated Press on Monday. It's unclear when the interview might take place, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills haven't revealed their list of candidates to replace Dick Jauron, who was fired in November.
The son of former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer, Brian Schottenheimer is in his fourth season as the Jets' offensive coordinator.
This season, Schottenheimer was credited for overseeing a run-oriented offense that allowed rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez to develop. Sanchez, a first-round draft pick, helped New York to a 9-7 finish and a playoff berth.
Schottenheimer's work with quarterbacks would make him an ideal fit in Buffalo, which has yet to find a long-term replacement since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 season. The Bills have gone through 10 starters at quarterback since, including three this past season. The longest-serving starter during that stretch was Drew Bledsoe (2002 to 2004).
"If somebody came and wanted to talk to me, would I listen? Probably," he said. "But I'm saying that I'm very happy here. I love the area. I love working with Rex. I'm excited about the things we're doing offensively, and I'm really content."
The Bills went 6-10 this season to miss the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season. They are in the midst of their fifth coaching search since Hall of Hamer Marv Levy retired following the 1997 season.
Bills fans favor Cowher, even though team owner Ralph Wilson played down the possibility of that happening last week.
An electronic billboard overlooking an interstate highway leading out of Buffalo began flashing a message Monday, urging Wilson to hire Cowher. Fans raised $1,125 through an Internet campaign to rent the billboard for a week.
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