Jets part ways with OC Tony Sparano
Rex Ryan and New York jets owner Woody Johnson announced the decision of firing Tony Sparano after just one season with the team, during a news conference on Tuesday.
Tony Sparano became the New York Jets’ third offensive coordinator in three years when he took over from Brian Schottenheimer last March. The New York Jets had hoped Tony Sparano will be able to revive their running game while bringing some consistency to the offense. The New York Jets had high opinions about Tony Sparano, given his prior experience as an offensive line coach that could be vital for play-calling. Additionally, there was also the issue for finding newly traded Tim Tebow’s place on the offense.
But Tony Sparano disappointed at every turn. He didn’t possess the creativity and ingenuity to make frequent successful plays. Tony Sparno also failed to adequately incorporate Tim Tebow in the Wildcat package or find a suitable role for him. The New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow slumped into irrelevance on the offense as he struggled to get into the end zone all season long.
The New York Jets’ season also highlighted and overall poor performance by starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, who regressed further under Tony Sparano. It didn’t help Tony Sparano’s case either that the New York Jets ranked 30th in the league in terms of combined offense this season.
Still, Rex Ryan acknowledged that all the fault didn’t lie with Tony Sparano, who tried to work through the blows to the offense after New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes and tight end Dustin Keller were injured in the season.
"From a personnel standpoint, this was not the team we thought we'd have all season… I wanted to move this team, I think, in a different direction offensively," Rex Ryan said while admiring Tony Sparano’s diligence. “Where I’ve come up short in my opinion, for four years, I think through this experience, I don’t think I’ve done as good a job implementing who I am throughout this team.”
“I want a physical, aggressive, attack-style of football team, whether it’s offense, defense, and all that. Unpredictable in all three phases,” continued Rex Ryan. “That’s what I want. And I don’t think I’ve done a good enough job of getting that through to the entire football team.”
The firing process began last Monday when the New York Jets immediately parted ways with general manager Mike Tannebaum. Since then, New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh have been also shown the door. Mike Pettine, whose contract expired at the end of the season is interviewing with Buffalo Bills for a job on new coach Dough Marrone’s coaching staff. Matt Cavanaugh’s contract wasn’t renewed as well.
While Rex Ryan won’t hint on top candidate for defensive coordinator, he didn’t shoot down the possibility of promoting someone from the coaching staff to the position.