The Kansas City Chiefs hired Andy Reid earlier this month to be their new head coach. It appears now that Reid has his eye set on naming former Miami Dolphins head coach and New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano as his offensive line coach.
The Kansas City Chiefs cleaned house after the 2012 regular season ended, changing direction for the 2013 season. Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid was brought in to head the Chiefs' coaching staff, and he seems to be turning his attention to former Miami Dolphins head coach and New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano to be his offensive line coach.
Sparano was brought to Miami in 2008 by Bill Parcells, who promoted the former Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach and assistant head coach to the Dolphins head coaching position. In his first year with the Dolphins, Sparano led Miami to the largest single season turnaround in NFL history, with the 2008 Dolphins posting an 11-5 record and wining the AFC East Division title just one year after going 1-15 and having the first overall pick in the draft.
After that, it fell apart around Sparano, with the Dolphins recording three straight losing season, Parcells abandoning ship, and, eventually, Sprano being shown the door during the 2011 season. Three weeks after the season ended, Rex Ryan hired Sparano to be the Jets' offensive coordinator.
After one season, the Jets fired Sparano when his offense ranked 30th in the league in yardage and 28th in the league in scoring.
Now, Reid is looking to interview Sparano for the offensive line coach position with the Cheifs. Sparano built his career working with the offensive line. Despite the offensive line struggles Miami had when he was there (I'm looking at you Marc Colombo), he is still seen as an o-line "guru."
And, he really is a good coach, even if his head coaching and offensive coordinator experiences were not great. Hiring him to be the team's offensive line coach is a good move for the Chiefs, and taking a job like that, especially under a coach like Andy Reid, is a good move for Sparano. He should be able to help the Chiefs build their offensive line, while learning and developing his own abilities, to possibly move back into the coordinator levels down the line.
Essentially, this should be a win for both the Chiefs and Sparano.