Greg Schiano abruptly steps down as Patriots defensive coordinator

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Greg Schiano’s time in New England is over before it started.

The Patriots defensive coordinator abruptly announced he is stepping down from his position, explaining his decision in a statement released Thursday.

“I have informed Mr. (Robert) Kraft and coach (Bill) Belichick that I am stepping down from my position at the Patriots,” Schiano said. “This is not the result of any one event, but rather a realization that I need to spend more time on my faith and family. I don’t want to look back years from now and wish I had done things differently. Therefore, I am taking time away from the game to recalibrate my priorities.”

Belichick also released a statement on the matter.

“I respect Coach Schiano greatly and appreciate his contributions to our staff and team,” Belichick said. “He is a friend who we support completely.”

Schiano, 52, joined New England in February after spending the past three years as defensive coordinator at Ohio State.

Before his stint with the Buckeyes, he served as head coach of the Buccaneers from 2012-13 and head coach at Rutgers from 2001-11.