ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- For the second straight offseason, the Jets will be in the market for an offensive coordinator.
The Jets are set to fire Tony Sparano, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning.
This is hardly a surprise. The Jets' offense has been abysmal, ranking 30th in the NFL in yards per game and 28th in scoring. The Jets have been held to 10 or fewer points in six games, which is staggering for an NFL team.
Rex Ryan hired Sparano, a former rival with the Dolphins, because of their like-minded beliefs. Philosophically, Sparano is a run-oriented coach who has no problem with a ball-control approach, catering to a strong defense.
Sparano's lack of experience as a playcaller, coupled with his limited background in quarterback development, doomed the offense. Mark Sanchez regressed in Sparano's offense. Sparano also had no idea how to use Tim Tebow in the Wildcat package. He was supposed to be a Wildcat guru, but it quickly became apparent that he didn't have a plan for Tebow, who was more familiar with a zone-read scheme as opposed to the Wildcat.
In a sense, Sparano was playing with half a deck. Injuries to Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller hurt the passing game, and there wasn't enough depth on the roster to adequately replace them. You can't blame Sparano for that. You also can't pin the entire Tebow debacle on him, because there's no doubt Ryan played a big role in limiting Tebow's involvement.
Sources say last week's 11-sack mess against the Chargers was the breaking point for Ryan. Sparano is a former offensive line coach, and pass protection is supposed to be his speciality; 11 sacks is inexcusable.
So it looks like Ryan, who showed Brian Schottenheimer the door after last season, will get to hire another coordinator. He needs to find someone with a progressive approach, a playcaller who can fix Sanchez (if he's back) and install a sophisticated passing attack. Ground-and-pound is old-school.