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Schotty: 'I have decided not to return'

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer of the New York

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer of the New York Jets in action against the San Diego Chargers. (Oct. 23, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Brian Schottenheimer’s tenure as the Jets’ offensive coordinator is done.

In a statement released  by the team, Schottenhiemer said it was his choice to not come back for a seventh season. He was under fire after the Jets finished the regular season ranked 25th in overall offense despite such lofty expectations, averaging just 311 yards and 23.6 points per game.

He interviewed for the Jaguars’ head coaching position, which was given to Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularky, according to reports.

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

Ryan said in the statement: “Brian and I talked and I understand his decision to look for a fresh start. 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.”

Schottenheimer signed a contact extension in the offseason and had two years remaining worth a reported $3 million.

ESPN reported Dolphins coach Tony Sparano will be the Jets new offensive coordinator with an announcement expected as soon as Wednesday.

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