Report: Jets fire offensive coordinator Tony Sparano

Tuesday January 8th, 2013

Tony Sparano Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was dismissed after his first year with the team. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Jets dismissed offensive coordinator Tony Sparano on Monday night after a meeting between Jets owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Sparano was with the team for only one year, and the Jets ranked 30th in total offense (299.2 yards per game).

The team's tumultuous quarterback situation contributed to the decision:

Sparano's firing comes one day after the Jets parted ways with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, according to a league source.

Cavanaugh, whose contract is set to expire, was Mark Sanchez's position coach from the moment he was drafted fifth overall in 2009. Sanchez regressed in 2012 under Cavanaugh and offense coordinator Sparano.

And Tim Tebow didn't have much of an impact after he was acquired in a trade with the Broncos as New York's Wildcat package was ineffective.

Prior to joining the Jets, Sparano was the head coach for the Dolphins (2008 to 2011) and has also held positions with the Browns, Redskins, Jaguars and Cowboys.

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