Jets' offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. - Joel Auerbach
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan Friday praised offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
The New York Jets are 29th in the NFL in total offense. Mark Sanchez is among the league's lowest-rated quarterbacks. There are continuing questions about the use, or lack of use, of Tim Tebow. The Jets are only 3-4 on the season.
Yet, head coach Rex Ryan Friday defended first-year offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, calling him "absolutely tremendous."
"I've been around a lot of good ones, (like) Matt Cavanaugh in Baltimore. We had Cam Cameron (in Baltimore, who) I think is tremendous. Then (I have had) Schotty (Brian Schottenheimer) and Tony (Coach Sparano). I've been really fortunate to be around a lot of good ones, but each guy is different. Each guy has their own style, even the way they set things up. (They have all) been very effective and (we are) very happy, obviously, that we have had Tony here. I think all the players are getting really familiar with the system. This is really one of the first times it has come in as a brand new system, but he has been absolutely tremendous," Ryan said. "He's consistent. Everybody knows what you're going to get every day from him. That's just a passionate guy that wants things done a specific way, and if it's not done that way (and) if it's not up to his standards, (then) we're going to fix it. I know he wants to be great."
Ryan also addressed Sparano's comments earlier in the week indicating that the offensive coordinator could do a better job utilizing Tebow.
"Any time you get beat, you look back and say, ‘Man, I should have done something different,' because you just want the outcome to be different. That just tells you the kind of guy Tony is. He can admit, "Hey, maybe I should have done something." (He) can look at himself critically first, before (he) looks at other things," Ryan said. "It doesn't surprise me that he would say that, just because of the type of person he is. We're always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our team and I don't think that's varied ever."
What do you think, Jets' fans? Is Sparano doing a good job?