How Tony Sparano Has Ruined the Jets, and Why He Must Be Fired for It

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IDecember 21, 2012

Oct 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano on the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets won 35-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

For those thinking the Mark Sanchez era needs to be over, how about ending the Tony Sparano experiment?

Brian Schottenheimer may have been responsible for the beginning of Sanchez's downfall, but the New York Jets quarterback crashed and burned under Sparano in 2012—along with the rest of Gang Green's offense.

Certainly, general manager Mike Tannenbaum didn't exactly provide Sparano with much personnel help, so we can't fault the former Miami Dolphins head coach on that front.  However, he wasn't able to adapt to his circumstances, and didn't make many tweaks as the season progressed in order to get the most out of the little talent he did have.

In 2011, the Jets averaged 23.6 points per game, compared to 18.1 points this year. 

Sanchez's QB rating dropped from 78.2 to a current rating of 67.9, the third-lowest rating among eligible quarterbacks. 

As a team, New York has scored less than 20 points nine times this season—it happened 10 times in 2010 and 2011 combined. 

Offensive coordinators have been fired for much less in the NFL.

Much less. 

One of Sparano's most troubling coaching decision came with the mismanagement of Tim Tebow

While we'll never know how much Rex Ryan and Sparano wanted the polarizing quarterback, they did promise a special Wildcat package for him prior to the start of the season. 

As it turned out, with two games left, Tebow has thrown eight passes, completing six of them, and has a mere 32 carries for 102 yards. 

Not only was the sparing use of Tebow somewhat puzzling, oftentimes he entered the game precisely when Sanchez appeared to be in a rhythm with his receivers, typically ceasing rare momentum for the team's quarterback and offense as a whole. 

Sparano deserves another shot in the NFL, but not with the New York Jets.