What about our favorite son, Mark Sanchez? Whether you, as Sparano, are enamored with the guy or not, fact is this is your quarterback. As we all know, he spent a good portion of the season not throwing really well. OK, that might be the understatement of the century. There I said it. Happy? Let’s just say this, he had problems. With those problems, it’s on the coach calling the plays to come up with solutions.
Did it ever seem that the passing game was altered to give the quarterback some easier throws, at any point? At least I never got the feeling that was the case. For example, what about that play that every team runs, where they fake a handoff going left, roll the quarterback right, and roll the tight end or full back right with the quarterback? Every team does it, and it seems to be a completion nearly 100% of the time. Did the Jets ever run it? I can’t recall it. They would just run the same plays, time and time again. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. Doesn’t that sound like the Jets version of Tony Sparano? It goes into the second point.
SETTING PLAYERS UP FOR SUCCESS
This kind of goes hand in hand with the previous point. You have to be creative enough to call plays that are going to put your guys in position to be a success. When you let this roster of wide receivers just run out of standard formations, they will continue to have trouble getting off of press coverage, and will never be open.
Putting Stephen Hill into a starring role, five minutes after he arrived, is another prime example. Is he going to be a great football player? I still believe so. But counting on someone to be the guy, that hasn’t caught a lot of passes in his life just isn’t responsible. Yes, Rex Ryan said it, but if you are coaching the offense, you have to exert some will, and put Hill into a smaller role, giving him a chance to mature.
And…Tim Tebow. No I didn’t want him here, but since he was, how about watching some Tim Tebow tape on how to use him Tony? Did Denver run him up the middle….EVERY TIME HE WAS IN? I don’t think so. You have to get this guy out wide, where he can do some damage. I’m not a fan, and even I knew that. Come on Tony.
Tony Sparano pretty much systematically broke things down here. And the sooner we can say goodbye, the better.