Patriots Defensive Coordinator Schiano Steps Down

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Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks at plays from the sidelines during a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 22, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Greg Schiano has stepped down as defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, less than two months after taking the job.

The Patriots, who never announced the hiring of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers head coach, confirmed his departure by posting statements from Schiano and coach Bill Belichick on the team's website.

Schiano said he needs to "spend more time on my faith and family."

Schiano went 11-21 in two seasons with the Buccaneers and spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State before he was announced in late 2017 as the new coach at Tennessee. But the school backed out of the deal after a backlash over Schiano's connection to the Penn State sexual abuse case.

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