New York Jets: Eight Candidates to Replace Tony Sparano as Offensive Coordinator

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New York Jets: Eight Candidates to Replace Tony Sparano as Offensive Coordinator
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Although rumors have been circulating for weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported again Sunday morning that the New York Jets would relieve Tony Sparano of his duties as offensive coordinator as early as New Year's Eve.

The move wouldn't surprise anyone, as Woody Johnson has clearly been unhappy with the way the 2012 season has gone.  Johnson has shown in the past that he is not afraid to make changes in the upper echelon of the organization when he is so upset at the result.

The Jets need to hire an assistant who has successfully directed an offense on the NFL level and has the ability to develop a quarterback.  

Rex Ryan clearly needs a partner who he could hand the offensive keys over to and not have to worry about anything.  

He needs a partnership like Bill Walsh and George Seifert, Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan or Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick.

As you can see, there's nothing wrong with having a partnership like that.

While fans are already clamoring for Norv Turner, any team with an opening in that position probably will too.

The good news is that the Jets job can actually be an attractive one.

They should already have a good defense in place, so the ability to take chances within the offense will be there.

Also, he will likely be able to build his own offense basically from scratch, and based on recent results, shouldn't have any problem topping the previous garbage that's been out there.

Finally, if the coordinator is successful and the team doesn't improve, that person could be right in line for Rex Ryan's job by 2014 if they want it.

There are the obvious negatives as well, but when it comes down to it, there are only 32 NFL offensive coordinator jobs in the country and beggars can't be choosers.

While it seems like Norv Turner is the only candidate fans have been mentioning thus far, here's a look at some others who could also step into the job.

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