The New York Jets are coming off a very disappointing season, in which many expected them to at the least make the playoffs. All season the Jets were unable to find a consistent offensive strategy that worked for them. All aspects of the offense struggled at times and they never seemed to be in sync with each other.
It is the offensive coordinator's job to figure out the problems with your offense and put together an offensive attack that will thrive against the defense of the team you are playing. So when the Jets struggled offensively, it is no surprise that people blamed Brian Schottenheimer, and rightfully so.
Schottenheimer's job security was a topic of discussion all season. It is being reported by ESPN, that Schottenheimer will not return in 2012 and the Jets are ready to hire former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano as their offensive coordinator.
Schottenheimer has been in this position since 2006. Whether Sparano will cause the Jets offense to improve and thrive is to be seen. However, one thing is for certain, the Jets needed to make a change.
The New York Jets are expected to announce Tony Sparano as their offensive coordinator sometime Wednesday. He was hired by the Dallas Cowboys in 2003 and was the offensive play-caller for Dallas in 2006.
If the Jets hire him, it will be Sparano's first time as offensive coordinator. In his first season as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2008, Sparano was 11-5 and finished first in the AFC East. He failed to have a winning record in the next two seasons, and was fired midway through the season.
Sparano will give the Jets an experienced coach on their staff. He is a coach that likes to run the ball and fits in well with Rex Ryan's "ground and pound" theory.
Another similarity that Ryan and Sparano have to each other is that they are both "players' coaches." The players are not shy about expressing their liking of the two coaches.
Former Jets fullback Tony Richardson said, "You have to love Rex Ryan."
When Sparano's job was coming under question in Miami, the players supported him and wanted him to stay as the coach there. Sparano can help Ryan bring in players to come play for the Jets.
The Dolphins ranked 22nd in offense with 317.4 yards per game. That is better than the Jets and the Dolphins had less talent offensively than the Jets, including the loss of their quarterback Chad Henne in Week 4.
Many people felt that the Jets took a step back offensively this season because they went away from the "ground and pound" approach. Sparano can help bring back the "ground and pound" style and make it better than ever.
If recent similar situations are any indication of what happens when a head coach becomes an assistant coach, the Jets may have made the correct move in hiring Sparano. Former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips is currently the defensive coordinator on the Houston Texans, which is one of the top five defenses in the NFL this season.
The Jets finished with the 25th-ranked offense in the league. They are hoping that they can improve their ranking offensively with the hiring of Sparano as the coordinator of their offense.