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Schiano abruptly leaves position as Patriots DC

Greg Schiano is stepping down as the New England Patriots' defensive coordinator, citing a "need to spend more time on my faith and family."

Schiano announced his decision Thursday in a joint statement with coach Bill Belichick.

"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," Schiano said. "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."

Schiano was hired by the Patriots less than two months ago.