Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 1/8/13
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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.
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