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How to Learn a New Offense? Fast, if you Ask Tony Sparano

By Alan Schechter

May 24, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano during organized team activities at their training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Even though the Jets are learning a new offense, one thing they are not doing is slowing the pace down. Coach Ryan has praised the Jets offense for the pace of practice so far, and new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano says that is all part of the master plan. It slows down the actual games, according to Sparano, and it causes the players to learn the playbook fast.

“When you force them to practice fast, they don’t have a lot of time to digest the information,” Sparano said. “Not a lot of time to think about it at the line of scrimmage. It forces them to know.”

The team is through about 90% of the installs that Sparano is going through, and they have begun to work on repetition on the field.

A theme for both of the quarterbacks this offseason has been accuracy. Tebow, according to Rex Ryan, has a nice touch when throwing deep, but needs to be more accurate overall. Sanchez needs to be more consistent.

“There’s times when I think Sanchez can throw it with anybody in this league,” Ryan said. “And then there’s other times when it’s like, ‘Oh, gosh, Mark missed it.’ ”

Rex is happy with the uptempo nature, saying it says to the offense that no other tempo is acceptable. It also reiterates what his dad Buddy used to say, “Don’t let the only limitations your players have be you as a coach.”

Tony Sparano has one thing in mind when teaching this offense:

“We’re preaching physical here, and we want to teach physical,” Sparano said. “But words are words … We’ll get a chance to line up somewhere down the road and measure it.”

He’s right about words being words, hopefully it will translate into plays.