Schottenheimer out, Sparano in as Jets OC

Brian Schottenheimer "resigned" on Tuesday as the New York Jets offensive coordinator, releasing a statement to that effect, although sources and reports have indicated the Jets and Coach Rex Ryan were moving in a different direction on offense anyway.

According to, that direction is former Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, who is expected to become the Jets new offensive coordinator. There is a bit of irony in that in that Sparano's Dolphins effectively eliminated any chance the Jets might have had of making the postseason (and perhaps saving Schottenheimer) by beating New York in the regular-season finale. The Jets wouldn't have qualified for the playoffs even if they had won under the tiebreaker scenarios, but the loss took away any chance of that happening.

There were other shakeups on a Jets offense that struggled mightily this season, finishing 29th overall. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan and receivers coach Henry Ellard were not retained with Callahan going to Dallas as offensive line coach.

The Jets are also expected to interview former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley for a role on the offensive staff as well.

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