Greg Schiano, while serving as Ohio State’s associate head coach/defensive coordinator in 2017, stands on the sidelines during a college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Schiano stepped down as the New England Patriots defensive coordinator on Thursday after being hired in February. AP Photo/Mel Evans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — 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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