Tony Sparano’s Mantra: Protect the Football

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May 4, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano during minicamp at the Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

If the defense’s mantra is “One Step Faster”, the offense’s mantra, under new OC Tony Sparano, is “Protect the Football”.

Mark Sanchez begain learning this, even before he really got to know Tony Sparano. When Sanchez met with former Jets/Dolphins QB Chad Pennington in a hotel room in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, they kept coming back to this theme. They met four times, for approximately 10 hours, and did talk Xs and Os, but kept coming back to the main theme.

Protect that football.

This will be the driving force to whether the Jets come back to the playoffs in 2012, and if Mark Sanchez can keep away the force behind him, namely one Tim Tebow.

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