At exactly noon, the Jets announced the hiring of former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano as their offensive coordinator. It came nearly 12 hours after the announcement of Brian Schottenheimer's departure.
Now that it's official, here are some initital thoughts on Sparano:
He's a no-nonsense, butt-kicking coach, the kind of disciplinarian needed on the Jets' dysfunctional offense. The big knocks are that he doesn't have a lot of play-calling experience (did it in '06 for the Cowboys) and that he's not a quarterback/passing guru. The latter is why the Jets would like to hire former Chiefs coach Todd Haley.
I spoke to some scouts and personnel people around the league about Sparano, and this is the picture that emerged:
• He likes the power-running game -- Ground & Pound, as Rex Ryan calls it. He likes to run the ball, control the clock and mix in play-action passing. That suits the Jets' current personnel.
• He's more of a "scheme" coach than a "matchup" coach, meaning his approach is: This is what we do, we're not going to change a lot to attack the opponents' weaknesses. In other words, he's not game plan-specific.
• He places a huge emphasis on pass protection. It will be an absolute must for tight ends and running backs to pass block. That bodes well for the Jets, considering they allowed 40 sacks.
Sparano was the Dolphins' head coach from 2008 through 2011 (he was fired after Week 14). He never called the plays for the Dolphins, but he was heavily involved in the offense. Here are the Miami league rankings:
Total offensive yards ('08 to current) -- 21st, 15th, 30th and 20th.
Total points scored ('08 to current) -- 12th, 17th, 21st and 22nd.