Exclusive: NFL Writer Bart Hubbuch Sits Down with the Jet Press

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Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano on the sidelines during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

TJP-How about Tony Sparano? He brings back the Ground and Pound, which has been successful for the Jets in the recent pass as we know, but the league is very pass first. Can a run first team go the distance and win a Super Bowl?

BH-It’s possible, because running teams can control the clock (see: the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Bills). But the Jets are going to need a great defense to make that happen, because it’s hell on running teams to play from behind.

TJP-If the Jets have a bad season, say 6-10 or worse, for any reason other than a rash of injuries, do you think Tannenbaum or Rex could be on the hot seat?

BH-Definitely Tannenbaum, because his drafts — especially 2010 — have been weak, although I think firing him would be a bit unfair because of how tightly Woody has been holding the purse strings the past few years. I think Rex would get another year if 6-10 happens, but I wouldn’t guarantee it.

TJP-Finally, give us your prediction for the Jets for 2012, and your thoughts about that prediction.

BH-8-8 again. The schedule is tough, the division looks difficult, they’re very thin at key positions (hey, Wayne Hunter!) and the Sanchez-Tebow sideshow has trouble written all over it.

We truly appreciate Bart Hubbuch for taking the time to talk to us. Follow him at @HubbuchNYP on Twitter.

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