Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 10/22/14
New-york-jets-pittsburgh
Unlike most Jets fans, I wasn't aghast when the Jets didn't fire head coach Rex Ryan. I said all along that this trainwreck wasn't his fault. The Jets started making the right moves when they fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Now offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has gotten the axe. It shouldn't surprise anyone.Sparano, a friend of Ryans, was hired as OC when he was fired by the Dolphins after years of mediocre results. The only thing he was really known for in Miami was that ridiculous "wildcat" offense. With the Jets, it never caught on, mostly because he didn't have the players to run it effectively. I wrote this at the end of September regarding Mark Sanchez and the struggling Jet's offense. It only took Rex Ryan over three months to make a change he should have done then.And then there is the ridiculousness of the Jets passing game. For a few plays on their opening drive (among others) Tebow was lined up at wide receiver. Did he catch a pass? No. Was one thrown to him? Well, at least one in the third quarter, since it hit him in the helmet. You can thank former Dolphins head coach, Tony "Wild Cat" Sparano for the imbecilic formations. If you're the defensive coordinator, and you see Tebow lined up in the slot, you simply put a linebacker on him. But with the wacky formations and play calling, can Sanchez actually get into a passing rhythm? Hardly. His third pass attempt was intercepted. He didn't complete a pass to an actual wide receiver until 8:10 left in the 2nd quarter when he finally hooked up with Santonio Holmes for a 12-yard gain. That was also his longest completion of the game to that point.If you want to put your maligned quarterback in the best position possible to succeed, you don't hire an offensive coordinator whose claim to fame is developing an offense where the running back can take a direct snap and throw the ball. Sparano had only one winning season in his four seasons as head coach in Miami. And I dare say Sparano is an offensive genius since the Dolphins finished in the lower half in points-per-game during his tenure.Also, starting quarterback Mark Sanchez took huge steps back and regressed this season. Sanchez was eventually replaced by Greg McElroy. For the Jets, and more importantly for Rex Ryan, the next offensive coordinator hire better be a good one.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

2014 World Series: Game Three live blog

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

NBA Replay Center readies for its debut on Opening Night

WATCH: Former NBAer delivers vicious flying elbow Down Under

RNS looking to add agents with existing client rosters

Would World Series win make the Giants a dynasty?

Jets News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.