Brian Schottenheimer leaves the Jets

New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will not return for the 2012 season, the team announced late Tuesday. The result wasn't a surprise, but the way it was done was.

According to the Jets, Schottenheimer informed the team Tuesday that he didn't want to return. Here was his statement released through the team:

"After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to return to the New York Jets in 2012. 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."

This is probably best for both parties. The Jets said they wanted Schottenheimer back. But both sides were aware there was a lot of internal strife and unhappiness on offense. The Jets needed a new voice.

The timing of Schottenheimer's announcement was interesting, because earlier Tuesday evening, the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Mike Mularkey as their new head coach. Schottenheimer recently interviewed for the same position and wanted that job.

New York already began making changes to its offensive coaching staff and now needs a new offensive coordinator. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano is first in line to replace Schottenheimer.