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Jets Won’t Bring Back Schottenheimer as OC in 2012

The Jets offensive struggles down the stretch which cost the team a shot at the postseason has cost offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer his job. The team announced Tuesday night that Schottenheimer will not return to the team for the 2012 season.

Reports are the Jets are bringing in former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano to replace Schottenheimer. Sources said the Jets are expected to announce Sparano’s hiring Wednesday.

The son of Marty Schottenheimer, Brian ran the Jets offense for the past six seasons, the last three under Rex Ryan. The Jets made the postseason the first two years under Ryan, but failed to make the postseason in 2011.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to return to the New York Jets in 2012,” Schottenheimer said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

Schottenheimer had two years and $3.2 million remaining on his contract. He had interviewed for the Jaguars’ head-coaching vacancy, but that job went to Mike Mularkey on Tuesday night.

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