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Schotty says he's satisfied with Jets

The Buffalo Bills -- or any other interested NFL team -- wouldn't be allowed to interview Brian Schottenheimer until the New York Jets have been ejected from the playoffs.

So there's no sense in asking him about head-coaching vacancies. Schottenheimer, one the NFL's hottest assistants, couldn't discuss them if he wanted to.

After Saturday's 24-14 playoff victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium, Jets head coach Rex Ryan bemoaned what he claimed is the near-certain loss of Schottenheimer after this season.

"I realize we're probably only going to have him for as long as we're in this tournament," Ryan said, "but we're enjoying it right now."

Schottenheimer might not be interested in leaving the Jets

On Sunday, he reiterated his comments from last week that he's content with the Jets. He said he's fascinated by their future with rookies such as Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene and young Pro Bowl linemen Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

"I'd love to be a head coach, but I say that with an asterisk," Schottenheimer said. "That's my dream, but I want to be a head coach when the time is right, when the situation is right. I don't want to just take a job to take a job.

"For the first time in three years, I'm really, really happy. I'm happy working for Rex. I love the area. I love the Jets fans. I love what we've done. I love the guys on our roster."

That didn't sound like an ode to Jets head coach Eric Mangini.

Neither does this:

"In the past couple years, I've been looking [for head-coaching jobs] and hoping it works out," Schottenheimer said. "This year is totally different. I'm in a really happy spot in my life.

"I hope it happens at some point down the line, but I won't be disappointed if I'm here the next five or six years."

Schottenheimer's father, Marty, has been a rumored candidate for the Bills' opening because of a close friendship with new general manager Buddy Nix. Some fans fancy the idea of both Schottenheimers coming to Buffalo.

"I think his days on the sidelines are over," Brian Schottenheimer said.

I asked Brian Schottenheimer if both Schottenheimers have discussed a situation where the father would serve under the son.

"We joke about it more than anything," Brian Schottenheimer said. "I always say I want to pay him back for all the long hours I worked under him.

"He's really happy being retired. He's enjoying being a fan, and he's there for counsel with me and is always good at giving me feedback.

"Besides, I probably couldn't afford him."