The New York Jets will not bring Brian Schottenheimer back as the team's offensive coordinator. The Jets announced on Tuesday night that Schottenheimer resigned from his position. He was reportedly a candidate for the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching job (which went to Mike Mularkey).
This move has been speculated before but Rex Ryan indicated in his season-ending press conference that Schottenheimer would be back. As we know now, that's not the case. Schottenheimer won't be back with the Jets calling it a resignation.
Schottenheimer's statement was released on the Jets website:
"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."
Among the early names to replace him? Tony Sparano and Todd Haley. Both were head coaches that were fired this year -- Dolphins and Chiefs, respectively -- and ESPN reports they're interviewing in New York. Sparano could come in as offensive coordinator with Haley taking on the title of assistant head coach, if the Jets end up hiring them.
Check out SB Nation's Gang Green Nation for more on the Jets and Schottenheimer parting ways.