Jets give Jaguars the OK to talk to Schottenheimer

The Jacksonville Jaguars have received permission from the New

York Jets to interview offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

for their head coaching vacancy.

Jets coach Rex Ryan has said he expects the embattled

Schottenheimer to be back unless he becomes a head coach elsewhere.

General manager Mike Tannenbaum also wants the offensive

coordinator to return, but confirms Monday that Schottenheimer will

speak to the Jaguars.

Jacksonville fired coach Jack Del Rio in November, and has also

received permission to interview Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike

Mularkey.

Schottenheimer, the son of former NFL coach Marty

Schottenheimer, has been the Jets’ offensive coordinator for six

seasons but has been highly criticized for the Jets’

inconsistencies on a unit that ranked 25th overall and for

quarterback Mark Sanchez failing to progress in his third year.