The addition of Tony Sparano to the NY Jets hardly carries the weight of Jason Taylor splitting town to join the “Cropdusters” but the fact that he will now be calling the offense shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Sparano officially became the OC this afternoon, joining Rex Ryan to form the oddest couple in the NFL. Ryan, a boisterous blowhard will give the offense over to the mild mannered and quiet Sparano. It’s like a poor mans superhero and his alter ego.
Sparano is a grind it out coach who believes in run control and off-set passing. He will be tasked with re-inventing Mark Sanchez and it could work. With a more powerful running approach to the team, Sanchez would not be asked to carry the team, instead to care take it. Much the same way the Dolphins approached their QB situation during the Parcells/Sparano/Ireland era.
Another question is who will Sparano bring with him, if anyone? Will he add Chad Henne to back-up Sanchez showing that his belief in the ridiculed Miami QB was true or will he look elsewhere and spurn the QB he verbally supported?
Sparano will now face the Dolphins twice a year at minimum and his knowledge of the current roster will assist him in gaining an edge over defensive personell that he himself coached.
The Dolphins will actually face several former players or coaches each year. Already facing NE’s Wes Welker twice, and now Sparano, they will face former HC Dave Wannstedt who was promoted at seasons end to the Bills Defensive Coordinator spot.
The only question now of course is who will lead the Dolphins when next season begins?