The Bills have requested permission to interview Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for their vacant head-coaching job, an anonymous source told The Associated Press.
With the Jets traveling to San Diego on Friday in preparation for their divisional playoff game against the Chargers, it's not known whether the Jets will make Schottenheimer available for an interview this week.
Schottenheimer worked with new Bills general manager Buddy Nix in the Chargers organization in the mid-2000s.
The Bills already have spoken with a number of candidates for the head-coach opening, including Mike Shanahan (who has since become the Redskins' head coach), former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Perry Fewell, who recorded a 3-4 record as the Bills' interim head coach after having been promoted from defensive coordinator to that position following the firing of Dick Jauron.
Schottenheimer, the son of former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, is in his fourth season as the Jets' offensive coordinator. Under his direction, the Jets have the league's top-ranked running game, taking some of the pressure off rookie QB Mark Sanchez and enabling the team to qualify for the playoffs, where they defeated the Bengals 24-14 in the wild-card round.