The New York Jets have finally ended the dangling status of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Reports first appeared two weeks ago that Sparano was on his way out in New York, but then nothing happened. Sparano made it through "Black Monday" on January 1, when the majority of firings around the NFL happen, but just over a week later, the Jets have made it official.
While an AFC East rival making sweeping changes is news for Miami Dolphins fans, Sparano's status is even more noteworthy in Miami. Sparano was the Dolphin's head coach for four years, from 2008-2001. During that time, he led the team to one AFC East division title, followed by three losing seasons. He was relieved of his duties in Miami on December 12, 2011. The Jets hired him as their offensive coordinator on January 11, 2012.
Less than a year later, the Jets let Sparano go. Sparano was brought in to replace the much maligned Brian Schottenheimer, but the New York offense finished the season 30th in total offense, 30th in passing, and 28th in points. Sparano, who was the head coach in Miami when they unveiled the Wildcat offense, was expected to be able to utilize quarterback Tim Tebow in new and innovative ways - the Tebow experiment in New York was an utter disaster all season.
The Jets have also fired their quarterbacks coach, Matt Cavanaugh, this week, as well as general manager Mike Tannenbaum last week. Head coach Rex Ryan will remain the team's head coach, a stipulation the Jets will make clear to whomever they hire as their next general manager.
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