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Brian Schottenheimer in the Middle of the QB Derby

Pro Football Weekly has a good piece on Brian Schottenheimer, and how he’s right in the middle of the QB derby between Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens:

With all the excitement surrounding the Jets, from Rex Ryan directing his first training camp to the arrival of celebrated rookie QB Mark Sanchez, it should be noted that one of the more intriguing story lines that’ll unfold in their training camp outpost of Cortland, N.Y., is the direction in which offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will steer his unit.

Forgive Schottenheimer if he’s not overflowing with giddiness entering his fourth camp as the Jets’ offensive boss.

He has said all the right things since Ryan beat him out for the head-coaching job, but the fact remains that he’s operating directly underneath the man he lost out to. Not that his psyche is of paramount importance. Far more critical is whether he’ll be able to unleash the full complement of his extensive playbook.

That hasn’t been the case since his debut campaign in New York in 2006. For the past two seasons, quarterback calamities have forced Schottenheimer to streamline his plans. In ’07, a high ankle sprain to Chad Pennington thrust second-year pro Kellen Clemens into the starting saddle for eight games, after Schottenheimer had tailored the game plan to Pennington’s cerebral strong suits. Then, last season, Brett Favre’s last-minute arrival forced Schottenheimer to call a simplified attack as Favre learned the ropes.

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