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Brian Schottenheimer declines interview with Bills

Apparently, Brian Schottenheimer really is as happy as he says he is with the New York Jets.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports via Twitter that Schottenheimer has turned down the opportunity to interview for the Buffalo Bills' head coaching vacancy. He won't be interviewing this week, and he won't be interviewing after the season, either.

Buffalo had received permission from the Jets earlier in the week to interview Schottenheimer. They have also received permission to interview Arizona offensive line coach Russ Grimm, but no interview has been scheduled to this point on that front, either.

The Bills have already interviewed Perry Fewell and Leslie Frazier for the position. Schottenheimer, 36, and Grimm, 50, are the two most recent confirmed cases of the Bills receiving permission for interviews. Reports indicated that Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera turned down an interview request a week ago, but that may be re-visted after the Chargers' season ends. Now, their candidate pool has depleted by one.

Schottenheimer's father, Marty, has a long-standing relationship with Bills GM Buddy Nix. That relationship was expected to give the Bills an 'in' with the Jets' offensive coordinator; clearly, that will not come to fruition.