Tony Sparano Reportedly Fired by New York Jets

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

The New York Jets have decided to fire offensive coordinator Tony Sparano after one season, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN via Twitter:

The Jets have fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, as expected, per league sources.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 8, 2013

The only surprising aspect of the decision was that it didn't come sooner. New York's offense was an absolute mess throughout the regular season. The unit finished 30th in total yards, mostly due to a dreadful passing attack led by Mark Sanchez.

Exactly how much blame Sparano deserves is debatable considering the lack of talent he was provided with. Regardless, he was hired to help turn around a struggling unit and it didn't happen. Given the amount of turmoil around the team, somebody had to take the fall.

The former Miami Dolphins head coach became the latest casualty. However, he has been a coach in the league since joining the Cleveland Browns staff in 1999 and should land on his feet elsewhere.

As for the Jets, finding a new offensive coordinator isn't as important as finding ways to upgrade the offense. Unless the team finds more playmakers at every skill position, it doesn't matter who they bring in to call the plays.

Sanchez isn't a franchise quarterback, Shonn Greene is a below-averaging lead running back and the team's receiving situation got so dire late in the season that it decided to sign Braylon Edwards. A major overhaul is clearly needed.

It's going to take some time, and the new offensive coordinator will probably hope for more job security than Sparano received because of that. One season isn't enough for a coach to prove his worth with the talent on the Jets offense.

Nevertheless, it's impossible to understand what the Jets organization is doing anymore. Sparano found that out the hard way over the past year, and now he's gone.