Brian Schottenheimer has informed the New York Jets that he will not return for the 2012 season. Schottenheimer served as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2006-11, helping the team earn three postseason appearances during his tenure.
“After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to return to the New York Jets in 2012,” said Schottenheimer. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the six years I have been here. I am grateful for the relationships that I have with our players and coaches and appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into our success.
"My family and I would like to thank Rex Ryan and the entire Jets organization and wish them continued success. I look forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”
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“Brian and I talked and I understand his decision to look for a fresh start,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “I’d like to thank him for all of his contributions these past three seasons. He’s been right there with me, shoulder to shoulder, and played a key role in our success, helping us to reach two AFC Championship Games.
"As I’ve said before, coaching is in his bloodlines, he has a tremendous work ethic, and I consider myself fortunate to have worked with him. He has acquired a lot of experience at a young age and has a bright future in front of him. I know that he will be a successful head coach one day — probably sooner than later.”