Brian Schottenheimer and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan have each issued statements through the team in the wake of Schottenheimer's decision to step down as Jets offensive coordinator.
"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."
On ESPN Radio with Mike and Mike this morning, NFL analyst Adam Schefter said Schottenheimer might have several opportunities, but that it seemed unlikely he would join his father, Marty Schottenheimer, if the elder Schottenheimer gets the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head-coaching job.
Here is Ryan's statement on Schottenheimer's departure:
"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."