After a disappointing 2012 regular season, the New York Jets will look to make wholesale changes, which reportedly include firing offensive coordinator Tony Sparano following Week 17, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:
According to sources, the Jets do not plan to bring back offensive coordinator Tony Sparano (the Jets are ranked 30th in total offense in Sparano’s first season in the role) and [owner Woody] Johnson has been putting out feelers for ideas to determine the ideal structure of his front office.
While there is no questioning how putrid the Jets’ offensive unit was this season—No. 30 in the league with just 179.5 passing yards per game and No. 12 in the NFL with 117.5 rushing yards per game—not all of that blame should fall on Sparano’s shoulders.
Last time I checked, it wasn’t the veteran coach under-throwing receivers and fumbling the ball off the butt of his own offensive lineman; that was Mark Sanchez and the other players head coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum put on the field.
Sparano is just the scapegoat in New York.
But that may not be a bad thing for the coach.
At only 51 years old with almost 15 years in the NFL, Sparano should have no problem finding a job with a team somewhere in the league.
We can’t forget that this is the same man who took over the head-coaching job for a one-win Miami Dolphins team and brought it to the playoffs the very next season.
While Sparano’s tenure in Miami ended poorly—just as it will when he is finally dismissed by the Jets—look at the talent with which the general managers in both cities surrounded the coach. These teams have been mediocre at best.
As great of a coach as Sparano has proven to be over his career, without elite talent to make his game plans work or support from anyone in power in the Jets organization, there was never a chance for the veteran coach in New York.
Gang Green will still be in shambles, but Sparano will be freed from the train wreck.
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