Report: Jets Fire Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Jets have reportedly fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano ahead of Tuesday’s much-anticipated press conference.
Sparano wasn’t expected to be retained, though he twisted in the wind last week as the hammer fell on coaches on executives around the league. He’s in limbo no longer, now a former member of the Jets organization, according to multiple reports.
Mike Tannenbaum was fired as general manager on “Black Monday” last week. QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh won’t return in 2013 either.
Rex Ryan hasn’t spoken publicly since the team’s Week 17 loss on Dec. 30. That will change Tuesday, when the head coach and Jets owner Woody Johnson meet the media at Florham Park.
Ryan’s job is safe — for now. Johnson said in a statement last week that the coach would return for his fifth season at the helm.
Sparano’s punchless offense was seen as a major culprit in a disappointing 6-10 season for New York. Mark Sanchez regressed — again — to the point where Ryan felt a change was needed at quarterback. But that chance went to third-stringer Greg McElroy, not Tim Tebow, who was never able to find his rhythm in Sparano’s system.
Sparano joined Ryan’s staff after the dismissal of Brian Schottenheimer last year, but reportedly fell out of favor with the head coach.