|Brian Schottenheimer out as Jets OC, Tony Sparano in|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, January 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm ET
Rex Ryan Profile
New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer won't be back after six seasons with the AFC East club, the team announced tonight.
He'll reportedly be replaced by former Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.
Plus, offensive line coach Bill Callahan heads to the Dallas Cowboys where he replaces a retiring Hudson Houck.
Plus, wide receivers coach Henry Ellard won't return.
The Jets finished 21st in total offense this year. "After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to return to the New York Jets in 2012," Schottenheimer said in a statement. "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."
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled this season.
"Brian and I talked and I understand his decision to look for a fresh start," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "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."
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