A quick look at the name of the new NY Jets offensive coordinator may confuse people with the fictional NJ mob boss Tony Soprano. But make no mistakes about it, Tony Sparano is the boss of the NY Jet’s offense.
Back in 2008 the talk was all of Brett Favre and the NY Jets thriving into the playoffs. At the same time Sparano, then in his first season as Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins had his team quietly moving up in the standings. Sparano was doing this all with ex-NY Jet fan favorite Chad Pennington leading the way at QB. A showdown on the last game of the season in the Meadowlands turned into a meltdown for the NY Jets and Sparano and Pennington would go on and win the AFC East. The Dolphin 11-5 record seemed to be a promising start for the rookie head coach. But a pair of 7-9 seasons put Sparano on the hot seat. And after 13 games in 2011 the Dolphins had Sparano whacked. During his time with Miami, Sparano & Rex Ryan exchanged jabs in the media. Rex went for a procedure to lose weight, while Sporano chirped that he lost his weight with hard work and dieting. Sparano was also on the sidelines when he saw a NY Jet trainer trip his gunner along the sidelines during a punt.