Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The New York Jets have named former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano as their offensive coordinator.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Sparano coached Miami for three-plus seasons before being fired last month. With a 29-32 record, and going 4-9 this season before being let go, Sparano reminds us of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry and George go into NBC with an idea about Nothing.
Sparano, much like the Seinfeld idea, is about Nothing. As is no experience as an offensive coordinator.
Shouldn’t this be a worry to the Jets?
After all, with the team coming off a disappointing 8-8 season in which its quarterback, Mark Sanchez, was picked apart by opposing teams and reporters, the Jets have brought in a coordinator who has no experience and favors the running game. (See: The Wildcat).
Is head coach Rex Ryan planning on bringing in a coach to help Sparano, or are the Jets willing to sacrifice Sanchez for a real Ground and Pound game?
Prior to coming to Miami, Sparano was an assistant in Cleveland, Washington, Jacksonville and Dallas, where he spent five years with Bill Parcells.
Sparano coached TEs in 2003-04, was the O-line coach and running game coordinator in 2005, and assistant head coach/offensive line in 2006-07. The only season he called the plays was in 2006, and the Cowboys were fifth in the NFL in total offense that season.