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Tony Sparano aims to be a key part of the Jets' improvement in 2012—not as a player, but as the new offensive coordinator, replacing the much-maligned Brian Schottenheimer.
Sparano has received criticism himself, but little of it deserved. His NFL head coaching career began with quite a bang in 2008 when he turned around the Miami Dolphins from a 1-15 team to an 11-5 division winner in an all-time NFL record turnaround that earned him USA Today Coach of the Year honors in the process.
Due to poor management and the loss of Chad Pennington, the Dolphins roster got steadily worse over the next three seasons, resulting in three disappointing years for Sparano. Though he retained class and the heart of the locker room, he was fired in the middle of the 2011 season.
Jets fans should feel excited about Sparano's potential as a locker room leader and an offensive coordinator in 2012. His specialty is the offensive line, a weak point for the Jets, and he has always been able to command the respect of his players, something Schottenheimer was one of the worst in the business at.
In a few months time, Miami fans will hate Sparano. Not for the bad years he had in Miami, but because of the strong year he'll be having in New York.