To say the least these two teams and coaches were not exactly buddies.
After the NY Jets and offensive coordinator Bryan Schottenheimer parted ways, Rex knew he needed a no nonsense, tough coordinator to set the offensive crew straight. Sparano has the same philosophy of running the ball or as Rex puts it as “ground and pound”. Sparano also knows how to keep his players in line, which is one of the thins Schottenheimer was ridiculed for not being able to do. The Jet locker room coming off two AFC title appearances had some big egos and almost a feeling that they were entitled to making it to the post season every season. Well that was not the case last season, when a coddled QB seem to make more mental mistakes than his previous two seasons in the league. And ground and pound seemed to be just grounded most of the time. Patience grew short and soon you had a split locker room. Rex admitted after the season that he lost touch with his locker room and changes needed to be made.