<
>

Jets O-coordinator Schottenheimer is fifth candidate to talk with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- New York Jets offensive coordinator
Brian Schottenheimer became the fifth candidate to interview for
the Baltimore Ravens' head coaching vacancy.

Schottenheimer met for several hours Monday with team officials,
including owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and
president Dick Cass.

Schottenheimer's father, longtime coach Marty Schottenheimer,
has also been contacted by the Ravens' search committee. However,
he prefers not to be interviewed until the later phases of the
search to find a replacement for fired coach Brian Billick.

The Jets finished near the bottom in total offense in 2005 and
2006 under Brian Schottenheimer. He interviewed for the Dolphins'
job that went to Cam Cameron a year ago, but eventually withdrew
his name from consideration.

Schottenheimer, 34, was a college quarterback at Kansas and
Florida and has been an assistant coach with the St. Louis Rams,
Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Chargers after briefly
coaching at Syracuse and USC.

The Ravens have also interviewed Indianapolis Colts assistant
coach Jim Caldwell, Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Tony Sparano,
Cowboys offensive coordinator Jim Garrett and defensive coordinator
Rex Ryan, who was fired a week ago along with the rest of Billick's
staff.

Ryan was scheduled to interview Monday for the Atlanta Falcons'
head coaching job and will meet with Miami early this
week.

The Ravens sought to interview Browns offensive coordinator Rob
Chudzinski, but he declined and has signed a contract extension
through 2012.