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Schottenheimer v Sparano: Tale of the Tape

By Alan Schechter

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

Dec 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 45-19. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

There’s a lot of talk about the Jets offense, and that it needed a new direction. Brian Schottenheimer’s offense was too complicated. The message wasn’t getting through. It was time for a change.

So in comes Tony Sparano. He is going to bring back the “ground and pound” offense.

I am not in disagreement that it was time for a new direction. But for anyone who thinks Tony Sparano is the absolutely the next great thing, take a look at this comparison of the Jets and Dolphins from 2008-2011, Sparano’s time in Miami. Let’s look at what the offensive rankings were for each team, and it is interesting:

2008: Miami Dolphins-21st; New York Jets-9th 2009: Miami Dolphins-15th; New York Jets-17th 2010: Miami Dolphins-30th; New York Jets-13th 2011: Miami Dolphins-20th; New York Jets-13th

Now, don’t get me wrong. I know there are other factors that went into this, the Jets did have Brett Favre in 2008, for example.

However, all I am saying is, for everyone that wanted to blame Brian Schottenheimer for all the problems of the Jets offense, look above. Schotty’s offense was better than Tony Sparano’s, three out of four years. The one year that Miami’s offense topped New York’s, it was only by two spots.

My point. Did the Jets need a change? Probably. But let’s not get too carried away. He’s not Norv Turner. He wasn’t the head of the number one rushing offense in 2009, Schotty was. If the Jets offense doesn’t execute. It really won’t matter who the offensive coordinator is.